(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.”
You know a "pure-bred" when you see one – no pretences!
A prime example for all alike - young & old (including HRC)!!
Obama is the ultimate opportunist. Didn't call for a re-vote in Florida but is now down there sucking up to elderly Jewish folks. Dispicable man
Perfect Choice. OBAMA is the legacy of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy to the USA and to the world.
Ted Kennedy recognizes Obama's "appeal for the nobler aspirations of the American people."
Giving a commencement speech when you are all speeched out, tired and BUSY, is an incredible feat. I am sure he would rather have spent a quriet afternoon with his kids. Don't knock what you don't understand. Some people just do nice things.
Had Hillary been asked, which she wouln't have under the circumstances with which Kennedy and Bill parted ways, she might have done it too, and it wouldn't have been for political purposes, as far as I know.
"Obama May 22nd, 2008 6:15 pm ET
This is Senator Obama. I want to bow out of the race.
Hillary is a better choice.
VOTE Clinton because thats what I am going to do.
Keep dreaming you delusional twit.
Way to go...every step on the way to the presidency, Barack has shown how deeply he cares and acts!!!
This is surely our time!!! Bcus BARACK'S TIME IS OUR TIME...BARACK FOR AMERICA...AMERICA FOR BARACK!!!
I think this is a great place for him to speak and it is a good time for the Weslyan church to come and 'lay hands' on Obama for the road he will be going on..leading the nation. If he does it with God he can't fail!
Make Senator Kennedy proud!
Get well soon Senator Kennedy
JFK and RFK represented that fresh face of change and hope in politics more than 40 years ago that people wanted to identify with because we dared to believe they could impact the world in a positive way. It appears Barack Obama has accepted the mantle to move this country into new heights and write a new chapter in American history
TALKING ABOUT HILLARY? HOW DESPERATE!!!
Obama is not stealing anything, He is just being a friend...why all the hate when a friend stands up for a friend? I'm sure Kennedy asked Him to do this for him. Don't be so jealous.
That's fabulous! Those students are very lucky.
awww i fell all warm and fuzzy inside :0)
My prayers are with the Kennedy family. Thank you to Obama for helping out when needed. That is the spirit all Americans should have. Obama you have my vote and my thanks for being willing to help lead this country.
Yeah! How exciting for Wesleyan Grads. Thoughts and prayers for Senator Kennedy. Obama will inspire many at graduation.
Hillary went to Wellesley college.
I admire Obama for taking sick Sen. Kennedy's place this
Sunday at the Commencement Address at Wesleyan University.
It show how much his friendship means to him = = = =
More folks need to take action into their fold of daily living.
Do Hillary supporters think Wesleyan would have been better served by a Clintonian speech about the disenfranchisement of FL and MI?
You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Please fight this terrible disease, Your family and America still need you.
This agreement between Barack and Sen. Kennedy is magnificent!
These kids will have this memory to look back on. Thank you Barack for offering, and thank you so much Sen. Kennedy for believing in Barack and trusting him with this special task.
Seemed Senator Clinton would have taken that opportunity, the senior democrat running for President, plus I believe that was her alumni... Either way, it's showing the democrats stick together in good and bad times and that's what America should be about.
Way to Go , Senator Obama~
This is what we call "experience," not one that has anything to do with serving "tea" or hosting parties in the White House!@
Go Obama! Smart guy, ever grateful to his suporters.
Obama will do Sen. Kennedy proud!
Sen. Kennedy we love you, take care of yourself and know that we are truly praying for you! We thank you for all that you have done for us over the years and your endorsement of Obama, you have played a great part in helping him to come this far and for that we can't thank you enough. We know you are wanting to get out and help campaign the rest of the way, but we need you to rest and get well so that you can be a good adviser to him while he is in office, he will need good people such as yourself surrounding him.
Well, speeches are what he's good at.
Good for Barack. If people want to see who Obama is, take note. He has time to do this for his friend. He has time and he is only running for the presidency.
I hope with all my heart that Senator Kennedy's doctors can find ways to extend to him a quality life. And I hope Barack can take time out from the Oval Office to go sailing with Senator Kennedy.
Knock them off their feet Obama...Gosh, wish I could be there. This is great! How wonderful of you Ted to allow Obama to fill in for you.
Ted, Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time. America wishes you a speedy and successful recovery.