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.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. GERALD STROTHER

    GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! UNITY, EQUALITY, FAIRNESS, LOVE, AND PEACE!!!M YOU WILL MAKE HIM PROUD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! him proud Senator YeS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND WILL!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Jaci

    H,
    Does that stand for For Hooked on Phonics
    READING IS FUNDAMENTAL.....Kennedy asked Obama to make the speech!

    May 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. sefakor

    ALL THE HATERS SHOULD JUST SHUT UP AND MING THEIR OWN BUSINESS. SHAME ON YOU ALL.
    GOD BLESS THE KENNEDY FAMILY AND SENATOR OBAMA.

    OBAMA 08 & 12

    May 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    KENNEDY IS A STATESMAN AND BARACK OBAMA IS A STATESMAN WHOM KENNEDY SUPPORTS. OUT OF RESPECT FOR KENNEDY I WOULD NOT EXPECT OBAMA TO DO ANYTHING LESS. SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR SEN. KENNEDY'S SPECIAL REQUEST.

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Rena

    H –

    And what Hillary want? She has literally wreck the whole Democratic Party. Obama is a baby in swadling clothing compared to the beast you guys call a woman. She a monster and a disgrace to all women. Now, I see why men don't want women in control because they act like wild alley cats when they don't get their way and become controlling freaks. Now I truly truly truly understand the very reason men don't want women in powerful positions. They go absolutely crazy!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Hillary Huckabee Romney McCain Rodham Clinton

    Duane in Philly:

    Get a life and an education to relieve thyself of thy ignorance and myopia.

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. NO-BAMA

    WHAT A SHAMELESS PLOY BY KENNEDY?

    STILL TRYING TO HELP YOUR CANDIDATE AND USING YOUR OWN DEMISE TO DO IT ?

    ....I FELT SORRY FOR KENNEDY (for a day) BUT NO MORE

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. EC

    TAKE NOTE SEN. CLINTON...

    THIS IS HOW IT'S SUPPOSE TO BE DONE, THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE DOING "THE RIGHT THING"......

    WHAT GREAT AND HISTORIC LEADERSHIP IN SEN. KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA !!!!

    GOD BLESS YOU BOTH AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Justice

    Obama should choose Ted Kennedy as his running mate.

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. EDU from Texas

    Some of you should read the article first before you criticise Obama of using this politically.

    "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.”

    SENATOR KENEDY HIMSELF THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN HONOR.
    SO DO WE AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Soy,
    Senator Clinton's alma mater is "Wellesley", not Wesleyan. They are two different, though both highly ranked, liberal arts institutions.

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Shiloh Everett

    Kennedy is a great man supporting a great nominee.

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. No Way

    Stand up kind of Guy. What has Hillary offered to do to help? Oh yes, FL & MI. A loser says "What?"

    May 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Marva

    I am just so proud of Barack Obama, so proud! My prayers are with Senator Kennedy and his family.

    May 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Maria

    It takes a man of greatness to acknowledge a man of greatness in the making! I love them both!!

    Barak 08

    May 22, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. R.I.F.

    Obama and Ted have become good friends. Obama's friend is sick. Obama agrees to speak. Pretty sure every college in the US would like to get Obama to speak at their commencment. People who keep trying to make this evil are just plain evil themselves. Grow up. He's raised $272 million and has 1.5 millions donors. I doubt he needs free advertising

    Deb,I live in texas as well and you are spewing hate and lies. Grow up.

    May 22, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. AJG

    Excuse me, but the few idiots who are accusing Senator Obama of politics should know that Senator Kennedy asked him to do this. Are you suggesting he should have said, "no"?

    May 22, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Nate Hussein

    Duane in Philly May 22nd, 2008 5:06 pm ET
    Great move for Obama in using Kennedy's illness for political advantage.
    Change? Yeah, right.
    -------------------
    Next you'll be saying that Obama had something to do with the tumor. You guys are incredible.

    May 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. NoBama

    I wonder how much Obama is paying all this college student to blog for him. I mean he does have Oprah behind him. She's a billionaire and they are trying to buy this election with money. Orpah worst investment ever is Obama, this will be negative ROI for her!!!

    May 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. A New Mexican

    The bloggers on here who want to try to say this move by Obama was political disgust me!! I hope deep down you aren’t the disgusting people you seem to be by what you write.

    May 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Telling it like it is !!!!!

    GO !!!!!! OBAMA GO !!!!!!!!!!!

    May God continue to bless you and yours.

    That's what we need , the right man at the plate.

    May 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. ShirleyY - Seattle

    I LOVE YOU OBAMA WITH ALL MY HEART. MAKE TED PROUD AND YUOR SUPPORTERS. OBAMA YOU ARE THE MAN OF THE CENTURY.

    May 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Nick, SD

    Hey H –

    You're and idoit.

    Obama is stepping away from his campaign to do an address for an ill man. And fools like you need to get a new hobby. Have you ever seen a college commencement speach air on national TV or anything but small local TV. It's called a good deed. What does Obama have to gain by making this address?

    And I will be voting democrat regardless of the outcome of the Primary season.

    May 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Pat in Cali

    It's a friend helping a friend. We would not know about it if CNN had not posted it here. Don't you get it? It's called divide and conquer.

    That's why Clinton is not winning. Her supporters are too busy arguing over stupid stuff. You make people not want to vote for her because of you. You're sore losers. You're not making it better for the next woman who wants to run for office. People will look back at the hysteria Hillary caused and say, "Oh, no. Not another emotion-driven, name-calling, nasty campaign!" Obama ran a better race. That's the bottom line.

    May 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Val

    Obama offered to take Kennedy's place? He wasn't asked? Pathetic. Obama is no fit for Kennedy.

    May 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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