(CNN) – Barack Obama will take Sen. Ted Kennedy's place in delivering the commencement address at Wesleyan University this Sunday.
According to Kennedy's Senate Office, Obama offered to take the Massachusetts senator's place earlier this week after Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer.
"Senator Kennedy accepted knowing it would be an historic opportunity for the school and all those attending, including his daughter Caroline Raclin who is graduating and his son Ted Jr. who is attending his reunion," Kennedy's office said in a statement. "He's enormously grateful to Senator Obama and the support he's received from all of his colleagues this last week.”
i love them both, Sen. Obama and Sen.Kennedy.
god bless you both.
Respect and admiration abound ! ! !
Good for Obama we need to remeber Ted that edorsed Obama!
Those kids are in for a real treat, having Senator Obama as their commencement speaker....
What a great honor. I'm sure the students will love it. Unfortuantly it came about under sad conditions.
Isn't that what Obama is all about, being there for a friend and for America...........
Go Obama!! That's how democrats need to support each other! Just another admirable quality. Such is the greatness of Obama!
This will be a wonderful moment for Wesleyan and is a really nice gesture on the part of Obama. THank you !
oh wow hillary's alma mater...interesting
Oh for God's sake! When did Obama become Ted Kennedy's new best friend? Please.
Wow! What great men!!!
Good move! How symbolic is this!
He'll do phenomenal! You really know how to step up to the plate, Obama. Love ya!
Thanks Obama, Thanks Kennedy
I thought it was going to be Stephanie Miller?
I love it!
Why do the Clintons always "crew up" whatever they touch, including Paula, Monica, Whitewater, White House items.... and the list goes on!
When will the Dems find the time to uplift their nominee for the general election?
What are the Dems interested in: a fair nominating process OR a dynasty of families?
You go Barrack and deliver a speech that they will never forget. I am glad to see that you are taking the time out of a busy schedule to help a friend. I am a firm believer that a friend in need is a friend in deed. You are a friend to all people because we are a country in need and you are willing to do our will.
Great move for Obama in using Kennedy's illness for political advantage.
Change? Yeah, right.
We feel so good.We are praying for a speedy speedy resolution for our senator...but in the meantime A BETTER DECISION could not have been made.
BOTH OF THESE GENTLEMEN EXEMPLIFY AND PRESONIFY GREAT LEADERSHIP...what a team.
A New and Truly United States of America is here and now.
History for a greater USA is around us and we will succeed!
Thank you Senator Kennedy and his wonderful family in giving this country the greatest and lasting history we all can be proud of!
Stepping into Ted Kennedy's shoes is a big job but somebody's got to do it and Obama is just the man for the job.
How sad that Senator Kennedy could not make the speech and what a poor substitute in Obama.
I do wish Senator Kennedy and his family the very best. Senator Kennedy has served this country well.
Good things happen when we unite and work together. Your legacy will not be in vain Mr. Kennedy.
how do we get tickets?!