May 22nd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama to deliver commencement address for Kennedy

Obama will deliver Wesleyan's commencement address.
Obama will deliver Wesleyan's commencement address.

(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.”


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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. rw

    God bless them both!!! If God be for them who or what can stand against them. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST THEM SHALL PROSPER; FOR WHEN ALL THEIR ENEMIES COMES IN, GOD HIMSELF LIKE A RUSHING MIGHTY WIND WILL HOLD UP A STANDARD AGAINST THEM. OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT AND WILL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST NEITHER OF THESE MEN. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS OVER THEM. IN JESUS NAME ALL THINGS ARE COUNTED DONE.

    AND LET THE SAINTS OF GOD SAY-AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. NoBama

    Obama is just a great speaker, and he will again deliver a scripted speech to enthrall all kids.

    Thats' what he has learnt from his spiritual guru Rev Wright in last 20 years.

    May 22, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    This is what true Democrats do, support one another.

    May 22, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Willy

    And remember change is an empty word

    May 22, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Susie

    Hope he is doing it 'for the right' reason.

    May 22, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Sheri

    Rena: You said it all. I agree to that.

    May 22, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. FEDUP

    I believe one of you Obama-bots complained about Hillary supporters using all caps? I have seen more Obama-bots using all caps then Clinton supporters. That or they don't cap anything. You can't make a mistake as to what should be capitalized if you use all caps or no caps. Guess it comes from all that education?

    May 22, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Rj

    Even if Hillary had a real shot at the nomination (which she doesn't) , she would now get destroyed by the Republicans in the fall. They would point out how she was willing to back out of a deal / agreement to get the nomination and how she was willing to throw Florida and Michigan under the bus when she thought she was the inevitable nominee. They would say that it's un-American to back out of a deal. Republicans would shred her in the area of integrity. Phantom sniper fire and changing the rules don't go down well with the American voters.

    May 22, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. NO more GOP

    DO YOU ALL WANT TO PAY $12.00 A GALLON FOR GAS.... THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...

    COME ON DEMOCRATS - LET'S WORK TOGETHER AND GET BACK THE WHITEHOUSE FROM THE GOP...

    DO YOU WANT TO LOSE YOUR JOB OR HOME? BECAUSE THE GOP DO NO CARE ABOUT US....

    THINK ABOUT–

    TIME TO STOP THIS HATING – TIME TO STOP FUSSING –

    It is about the Democrats vs the GOP- Nothing Else

    WIN BACK THE WHITE HOUSE FOR YOUR FUTURE!!!

    May 22, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Sylva

    - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    DO YOU ALL WANT TO PAY $12.00 A GALLON FOR GAS.... THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...

    COME ON DEMOCRATS - LET'S WORK TOGETHER AND GET BACK THE WHITEHOUSE FROM THE GOP...

    DO YOU WANT TO LOSE YOUR JOB OR HOME? BECAUSE THE GOP DO NO CARE ABOUT US....

    THINK ABOUT–

    TIME TO STOP THIS HATING – TIME TO STOP FUSSING –

    It is about the Democrats vs the GOP- Nothing Else

    WIN BACK THE WHITE HOUSE FOR YOUR FUTURE!!!

    May 22, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. noemi in los angeles

    P.S. She is not winning the popular vote, and if you think she is, that's because she's counting the ruled out FL and MI votes and disenfranchising the many who voted in the caucuses. Talk about double standard!!

    I meant caucuses–sorry, thinking faster than can type here.

    Obama Generation 08+12

    May 22, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. A Real American

    This is what America is all about . . . reaching out to help someone in their time of need. Senator Obama and Senator Kennedy make us proud to be Americans.

    May 22, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. Miz

    Sen. Kennedy, I hear God came back to find you after all these years, do you still remmber her name.

    May 22, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. noemi in los angeles

    HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!! <<<NO, she isn't
    _______________________________________________

    I will refrain from insulting all you and simply say that you are a blind Clinton supporter. You are just as desperate as the broken candidate you support. Listen, I believe that the every citizen has the right to exercise their freedom to vote. However, in every functioning society, there are governing rules as to how the electoral process should be done. In this case, the DNC has specific primary election guidelines by which both states and candidates must follow. The DNC said "no state can hold primaries before Feb. 5th" and everyone (including Hillary) signed and agreed that FLORIDA and MICHIGAN votes would NOT count for having broken the governing primary rules and picking an election day way ahead of the rules. Obama as well as other law-binding candidates, who respected the governing rules, withdrew their names from the ballot and did NOT campaign in either FLORIDA or MICHIGAN, per outlined in the DNC rules. Clinton, did not uphold the DNC rules and chose to remain on the ballot. The day Florida held their primary, many FL residents went to vote on an important housing tax policy/law...some not knowing that their presidential vote would not count, while others did not go vote because they KNEW that their vote was already ruled out by the party and candidate's agreement. NOW, Clinton is claiming that these votes DO IN FACT count, when only some months ago, when Hillary thought she was entitled to the Presidency and felt that nobody would beat her popularly known last name.....she said these votes should NOT be counted. People, we have to realize that to Clinton, people's votes do not matter unless they're going to put her in Power. Let's just say she is willing to do, say and put up with ANYTHING to attain power. Guess why she dismissed Bill's infidelities (yes, plural) throughout his Presidency?? That's because she did not want to jeopardize her marriage, and therefore her political career. Because, honestly, people do not take divorced politicians seriously. I was once a Hillary supporter. You all have had to sit through all my posts in every article posted on the Political Ticker. Some of my comments have been anti-McSame, others are more unpolitical, while others are more serious calls for change. This one, I believe, is a reality check for all die-hard Clinton supporters who feel that Clinton is being the victim of sexism, when in fact she's been the one to put herself in the very own gender role by sticking with a man that cheated on her, lying 'til her own lies are caught, complaining about every single thing on this campaign. Most importantly: seeking her own political gain even if it drowns her party, her family, and country.

    P.S. She is not winning the popular vote, and if you think she is, that's because she's counting the ruled out FL and MI votes and disenfranchising the many who voted in the causes. Talk about double standard!!

    Obama Generation 08+12

    May 22, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. susie

    How come we never hear or see Rev. Wright? What happen to him?

    May 22, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Angela

    LMAO...........who cares.

    May 22, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Antonio

    From Fedup
    If your not pro-Obama, you will not get posted.
    Blacks are notorious for violence..The Obama-bots are threating to riot if Obama is not the nominee? Either way, there will be riots. Look at the Cowboy celebration that turned to looting. It is to be expected. Why does it always turn to breaking windows and looting? Please explain that to me?

    ----------------
    This post was quite amazing as if white people don't riot and cause problems. You need to visit predominately-white Auburn University in Auburn Alabama and see how much trash that the young white kids leave around the front of the university after a major football game. Throwing toilet paper in trees, urinating the street, and throwing beer bottles at out of towners is also a black thing as well.

    Get for real and get a life.

    May 22, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. nmayweather

    For the last time:
    Hillary went to Wellesley in MA.
    Kennedy was scheduled to talk at Wesleyan in CT.

    Kennedy and Obama probably worked the idea out, and offered it as a suggestion to Wesleyan. They got a well known Senator to speak on behalf of another.

    Commencement addresses aren't about press stories – they're about the graduates. Obama is one of the few people around – politican or celebrity or academic or other – that can deliver the same sentiment and direction as Kennedy.

    It's sad that these circumstances exist. It's sadder when people try to politicize it.

    May 22, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. An American in Canada for David

    DO YOU ALL WANT TO PAY $12.00 A GALLON FOR GAS…. THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

    COME ON DEMOCRATS — LET'S WORK TOGETHER AND GET BACK THE WHITEHOUSE FROM THE GOP…

    DO YOU WANT TO LOSE YOUR JOB OR HOME? BECAUSE THE GOP DO NO CARE ABOUT US….

    THINK ABOUT–

    TIME TO STOP THIS HATING – TIME TO STOP FUSSING –

    It is about the Democrats vs the GOP- Nothing Else

    WIN BACK THE WHITE HOUSE FOR YOUR FUTURE!!!

    THEN THE ONLY STRONG LEADER THAT CAN GET US THERE WILL BE H.R. CLINTON 2009-2012

    May 22, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Rj

    Don't confuse me with the facts, STAY THE COURSE HILLARY! OOPS! Too soon? ;-)

    May 22, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Griff

    I suggest you keep the same address. You won't be moving too soon...

    May 22, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. pam White Woman for Obama Eugene OR

    I am reading so much of the comments from all of today's blogs with my mouth hanging open. The Clinton supporters are getting crazier by the day! I can not believe how they rationalize her staying in the race.
    She MUST GET OUT NOW!!!
    Their comments are insane. Some are saying they do not care if she lies, if she cheats, if she steals the nomination...they just say they do not care because it is time for a woman in the White House. How insane is that?:???????

    May 22, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. CZB

    FEDUP May 22nd, 2008 6:08 pm ET

    If your not pro-Obama, you will not get posted.
    Blacks are notorious for violence..The Obama-bots are threating to riot if Obama is not the nominee? Either way, there will be riots. Look at the Cowboy celebration that turned to looting. It is to be expected. Why does it always turn to breaking windows and looting? Please explain that to me?
    ________________________________________

    Fedup
    The world is fed up of hearing from bigoted, racists, ignorant, uneducated, idiots like you. Why are you spreading your hate? Find a KKK website to share your views. This is not the place. Why are you blowing up this message board? Please explain that to me!

    May 22, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Jennifer - American in Canada

    "A friend in need is a friend indeed" sometimes its just as simple as that. Everything under the sun does not have some kind of underlying negative motive or political agenda. This is going to be one great commencement address from a man who knows how to deliver speeches. Sen Obama will do Ted Kennedy proud. Best wishes to Sen Kennedy.

    May 22, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Ilona Proud Canadian

    1926

    Be really really careful, your horns are showing. If you really want to see the hater, please take a good, long. hard look in the mirror, but please be careful, you may not like what you see!

    May 22, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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