Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Passing the Torch to a New Generation

Democratic icon and patriarch of the Kennedy clan, Senator Ted with his son Congressman Patrick, Kennedy sister Jean Smith, and JFK's daughter Caroline, publicly endorsed Barack Obama, Monday at American University.

Ted gave a rousing, emotional, patriotic speech, evoking his two brothers words, hopes and visions for this nation. He recalled a time when young people were inspired to public service, not disgusted by the system. He spoke of a President who would be innovative and uniting, not stuck in establishment politics and divisive. A president who will bring out the best in Americans and restore respect for America.
He said about Obama, "He is tough-minded, but he also has an uncommon capacity to appeal to 'the better angels of our nature."
"With Barack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay."

Rep. Patrick Kennedy said, "In times such as these, we need, as we had with my uncle, a leader who can inspire confidence and faith in our government. A sense that our government can be good again."

Sen. Kennedy said,
"There was another time, when another young candidate was running for president and challenging America to cross a new frontier. He faced criticism from the preceding Democratic president, (Harry S. Truman) who was widely respected in the party."
"And John Kennedy replied, 'The world is changing. The old ways will not do. ... It is time for a new generation of leadership.'

"So it is with Barack Obama."

Ted Kennedy spoke highly of Hillary Clinton's and John Edwards' credentials and vowed to support either should they win the nomination. But he endorsed Obama because he does not see Clinton breaking away from the old guard, the same old tactics or see her inspiring new ideas and bringing young blood to America's service.

I don't see this either. The Clinton's deep connection to the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) has always been troubling to me for many reasons. Although they have supported some good legislation they are bound to an agenda are and big business and status quo orientated. Doesn't sound like "change" to me.

Obama didn't score all of the Kennedy clan. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his sisters Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Kerry Kennedy are supporting Hillary Clinton.


Darius T. Williams said...

I saw that they were divided - but hey, at least Obama got some support. I'm loving this for him.

Jackie said...

Darius, I hope it helps.