August 25, 2008

Ted Kennedy Convention Speech, DNC 2008 (VIDEO)

Ted Kennedy's historic, surprise speech at the Democratic Convention in Denver, DNC 2008. Great moment, and I hope people will take it to heart.

Ted Kennedy Convention Speech, DNC 2008 (VIDEO)

In the emotional highlight of the first night of the Democratic Convention, ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy made a dramatic appearance and vowed to be on hand in the Senate next year to help President Barack Obama enact a law that guarantees health insurance for all Americans.

Chants of "Teddy, Teddy" erupted across the packed Pepsi Center and delegates waved white and blue Kennedy placards as the senator declared, "I pledge to you that I will be there next January on the floor of the United Strates Senate when we begin the term of Barack Obama."

Calling the battle for health care for all "the cause of my life," the venerable Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy said in his speech, "We can meet these challenges with Barack Obama. Yes we can, and finally, yes we will."

Because of his battle against life-threatening brauin cancer, Ted Kennedy's speech had been very much in doubt until almost the moment he appeared on the stage at the convention, introduced by his niece Caroline, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy.

But his voice was strong, and he did not use a stool that had been put alongside him in case he needed it.

Ms. Kennedy said she was there to pay tribute "to two men who have changed my life and the life of our country, Barack Obama and Edward M. Kennedy.

"Leaders like them come along rarely," she said. "Once or twice in a lifetime they come along just when we need them the most."

Of Mr. Obama, she said that, "All over America, people tell me he is making them feel hopeful the way that they did when my father was president.

"I never had someone inspire me the way people say my father inspired them," she said. "But I do now, Barack Obama..."

Ted Kennedy Convention Speech, DNC 2008 (VIDEO)

Posted at August 25, 2008 10:30 PM

What did he say? None of it made any sense. We are big trouble if these evil people get into office

Posted by: Glenna at August 26, 2008 5:51 PM

What did he say? None of it made any sense. We are big trouble if these evil people get into office

Posted by: Glenna at August 26, 2008 5:51 PM

Whether you are a democrat or a republican - anyone who has ever worked on the Hill knows that Ted Kenendy took his job more seriously and with more gravity and conviction than any other senator. He had a liberal bent, but he did what he believed was right after thorough investigation - he did not accept the blind lobbying of rich constituents or lobbyists. We should all laud him as an American hero!

Posted by: at August 26, 2008 11:28 PM

If I live to be 100 I will never understand how some people can call the likes of Ted Kennedy and so many other dedicated Democrats evil. When the Republicans would cause millions to lose their jobs, their homes, their health care, their very lives, the Democrats have always worked for the good of all the people not just rich people. So many Republicans I know have never read McCain's health care plan, his real voting record, or checked into who his friends are, yet they call Obama an elitist...Evil? No, the real evil here is the deep-seated ignorance that permeates our society and has landed our country in the worst crises we have ever faced, and the enemies are inside the country, not foreign terrorists. It makes me so sad to see the result of the continued attacks on our education system, our industry, our workforce. The highest SAT (that would be college entrance exams) scores were in the middle 60's and the lowest were this much for No Child Left Behind. The problem with our schools is lack of funding, not immigrants (whose children often do better than our homegrown kids). Wake up America.....the country you profess to love has been on a slippery slope for the past 8 years. Do the research; don't take Rush Limbaugh's word for anything. In fact, don't take anyone else's the research for yourself.

Posted by: Carol at August 28, 2008 12:18 AM

Whatever your party loyalties you have to be moved and humbled by that speech and the man's courage, unless that is you're a paid up member of falwells right wing holy rollers then you will see evil in everything, i pity these guys i really do.

Posted by: mike at August 28, 2008 5:15 PM