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Sorensen Campaigns for Obama in Moco

Continuing the effort to associate Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign with memories of John F. Kennedy's Camelot, JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen will go on the stump for Obama at the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring at 12:30 today.

Sorensen, whose soaring rhetoric will likely be recalled vividly by the seniors, will speak in Leisure World's Maryland Room, 3701 Rossmoor Blvd.

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2008; 10:32 AM ET
 
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Well, well, Mr Sorensen, JFK's speech writer, can add to the myth that Obama is Kennedy incarnate. Are you fawning media types ready to propagate another lie?

Posted by: brigittepj | February 7, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Whatyou "kids" don't understand is that we baby boomers haven't felt this hopeful about an election since they killed the last of our heroes in 1968.

Obamacan

Posted by: JP | February 7, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Why is it so hard for some people to come to terms with the idea that Obama can be the Kennedy incarnate, is it so improbable becuase Kennedy was white. Get this, Obama has not inherited the Kennedy legacy but it is also his destiny to fulfil the Martin Luther "dream"!

Posted by: Satu Ramcharan -Trinidad and Tobago | February 7, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he spoke in Westchester County, New York (present day hometown county of HillBilly) at an Obama rally last week.

Sadly, I missed it.

Another piece of the puzzle fitting in nicely for Obama's White House run.

Posted by: Yonkers - Rob | February 7, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

To all the ROOKIE SALESMAN supporters:
First: please wake up and don't be fooled by a phony: Here are the reasons why:

-what this rookie and REZKO have in common? Muslim's sons are Muslims for life. Blood is sticker than water. You can run but you can not hide.
-refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance. He did not want to offend ISLAM so he refused.
-claims he's running on his record.. He did not even know how to cast a "Yes" or "No" vote. He voted "present" more than hundred times.
- had 17 years' old unpaid outstanding parking tickets. He should spent sometime in jail.
-insisted that his health care provides care to everyone, does he know what universal means?
-a fabulous orator, but we need more than words; we need a doer not a talker
-he says one thing and does another
-will meet with enemies without preconditions
-he said that he was not taking money from the Lobbyists. How about the Rezko connection?
-playing old politics as usual, after he promised hope and change....
-used to be a drug addict or a pusher?
-nexperienced, lack of accomplishments

Posted by: greg limes | February 7, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

To all the ROOKIE SALESMAN supporters:
First: please wake up and don't be fooled by a phony: Here are the reasons why:

-what this rookie and REZKO have in common? Muslim's sons are Muslims for life. Blood is sticker than water. You can run but you can not hide.
-refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance. He did not want to offend ISLAM so he refused.
-claims he's running on his record.. He did not even know how to cast a "Yes" or "No" vote. He voted "present" more than hundred times.
- had 17 years' old unpaid outstanding parking tickets. He should spent sometime in jail.
-insisted that his health care provides care to everyone, does he know what universal means?
-a fabulous orator, but we need more than words; we need a doer not a talker
-he says one thing and does another
-will meet with enemies without preconditions
-he said that he was not taking money from the Lobbyists. How about the Rezko connection?
-playing old politics as usual, after he promised hope and change....
-used to be a drug addict or a pusher?
-nexperienced, lack of accomplishments

Posted by: greg limes | February 7, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: greg limes: "To all the ROOKIE SALESMAN supporters:
First: please wake up and don't be fooled by a phony"

You are the phony. You have distorted all the so-called information you are disseminating. You are low-down, unethical, and a liar.

Posted by: ed | February 7, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Greg - you lost me when you mentioned Muslims. That was the first indicator that what you were writing was hooey - or you would have presented the info decently. I guess you also missed the photos with the Clintons and Mr. Rezko. C'mon, lose some of the bitterness.

To these obama bashers that complain about the optimism and enthusiasm Obama is generating - it must really suck to be you. You'd rather wallow in your venom and keep your minds closed. The most venomous are also the most ill informed, like our pal Greg there.

Posted by: julie | February 7, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Greg Limes,
If all you have is Rezko and voting present then you must either work for Hillary or just dislike Obama. They are certainly a lot more good things about Obama that outweighs the talking points of Mark Penn. Obama is an exciting, smart, down to earth guy who happens to have a real vision for the country. Great leaders don't require a lot of time in Washington but the ability to lead. If Obama is such a Freshman then why is the Senator from NY & Ex President having such a hard time.

Posted by: Crews2me | February 7, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Greg - I don't know how you can claim as as son of a Muslim father who he barely even knew that he is a Muslim. These baseless attacks are the kind of thing that many of the Obama supporters are against and it is why we will vote him into our country's highest office.

Posted by: Fred | February 7, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Obama has going for himself is that he is half white and a great actor and a harvard lawyer who is very articulate. The country is in bad shape right now and we dont have time to wait on OBAMA to get trained on the job. He hasn't said anything more than clinton. Black people are just voting for him because he is black and white people, are just hating on Clinton. And men are not going to vote for clinton because they think women are week.

Posted by: AFR_WOM | February 7, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama has run the most remarkable Presidential campaign in recent memory. I'm a Democratic centrist from NY, and I take Ted Sorenson a hell of a lot more seriously than Ted and Caroline Kennedy. (Do people really give a damn what they think?) The Clintons have done a fine job alienating the "natural" Democratic constituency, of which Sorenson is certainly a member. I've supported HRC from the beginning, on the theory that her organization is likelier to run a more game-ready, competent Administration than Obama's. But mano a mano, Barack is a superior candidate and, frankly, a more likable person. If he wins the nomination, then so be it. It would make for a fascinating race vs. John McCain.

Posted by: Belichicksaquitter | February 7, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Greg

You are obviously a manipulative political hack who will say anything. Please don't insult our intelligence with you ignorant lies and exaggerations.

Posted by: JoBu | February 7, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

thanks greg,

your baseless personal attacks just help to remind voters what electing Obama will help end.

Posted by: hugh graham | February 7, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

ed - you left out bigot - otherwise I think you nailed it on the head.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Obama has going for himself is that he is half white and a great actor and a harvard lawyer who is very articulate. The country is in bad shape right now and we dont have time to wait on OBAMA to get trained on the job. He hasn't said anything more than clinton. Black people are just voting for him because he is black and white people, are just hating on Clinton. And men are not going to vote for clinton because they think women are week.

AFR_WOM - you may want to make another post, I think there might be a segment or two of American society that you forgot to insult with your slander. Since I am a white male, I guess the only reason I am voting for Obama is because she is a woman and we men think that "women are weak".

First; my vote for Barrack Obama haass nothing to do with a vote against Hillary. If we were down to just Hillary Clinton and just about any other politician I can imagine, my vote for that other person (man or woman; black or white, Christian or Muslim) would definitely be a vote against Clinton. One of the truly great things about Barrack Obama is that he gives so many informed voters something good and decent to actually vote FOR with great enthusiasm, and for many of us that's an opportunity we haven't had in a very long time. I really can't think of a single soul I would rather vote for in the Democratic Primary or the General Election than Barrack Obama. Unlike many people, I started to learn about the man his beliefs long before the campaign season started. Because I had friends living in the Chicago area who had so many wonderful things to say about Obama, I started looking into him for myself and became a supporter long before he even decided that he would run in 2008. I was moved to tears by his inspirational key note speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and I have studied his book, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, which is an excellent guide to Senator Obama's corp beliefs and reveals the type of President he will make. I consider myself to be very synical, and I really pity anyone who is so much more cynical than I am for their inability to buy into the wonderful possibility that a Barrack Obama Presidency would be. Conversely, I really can't understand what anyone thinks they have to lose with Hillary being the only other option now on the Democratic ticket. Unless you have been living in a cave since 1992, you have to know what kind of President Hillary would be, not to mention the numerous sordid scandals that await a return of Bill to the White House as "First Bubba".

My oposition to Hillary (which is an entirely seperate issue from my support for Obama) has nothing to do with her being a woman. I would have voted for Dianne Feinstein any time she would have chosen to run, and their was a time before I became so disillusioned with most things Republican that I would have enthusiasticaly voted for Elizabeth Dole (and I still might after giving her a good listening to). If not for this being the year of Obama, I wish that either of these women were (possibly) a couple years younger and/or inclined to run. I think the time is right for a woman to run for and win the Presidency, if only it were the right woman. Trust me, I'd feel no more inclined to vote for Bill Clinton if he were eleigible to run again for the same reasons I will not vote for his wife, and his "experience" is at least real! The Clintons are arrogant, corrupt, devisive, unethical and self-serving. This is why I will NOT vote for Billary. I'm not sure she is qualified (as far as leadership ability) but I am sure that she is NOT qualified (as far as integrity, respectability and trustworthiness). Bill is just as bad and he's not a woman. I can't think of another woman that I'd feel so strongly negative about as I do Hillary. Please stop making excuses for why we won't support her. Our reasons are very strong and they are true. We don't need reasons as shallow as gender to vote against Hillary with all of the real, important reasons she has provided for us.

Now I have to ask you . . . why would you insult all men and all African Americans as you did in your post. There are as many women who support Hillary for no other reason than she is a woman as there are African Americans who support Senator Obama merely because of the color of his skin, yet you failed to included them in your highly prejudiced remarks. There are many women who support Hillary for reasons beyond gender and there are many women who will not support her at all; just as there are African Americans who will not support Obama. You do your candidate and your fellow Clinton supporters a disservice with your accusations that paint everyone who is either against Hillary (anyone but Hillary types like myself)or anyone who simply finds another candidate to be a better option. A woman President is an idea whose time has come, unfortunately we do not have a candidate who is right for the time. I hope that after 8 years of "President Obama" we will have a woman is is qualified and ready to lead this country. I promise that I will vote for her if she is the best candidate for the job, and her gender (or race) and the gender or race of her opponents will have nothing to do with my deciding who is most qualified. Vote for the best President this country could have, Vote Obama in 2008.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the bigoted anti-Obama posts here are reprehensible. I don't care who you vote for, but don't force your racism, lies, ignorance on us. Please. By the way, your poor command of the English language does little to bolster your credibility.

Posted by: Carrie | February 7, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

Your comments are pathetic, rhetoric with no supporting sources....A wise man once said, a story without supporting facts or sources is like a barrel without a bottom! Useless! Get it! It's a bunch of words that doesn't make any sense....Is this what the media means when they state that most of the Clinton supporters lack education? Do yourself a favor...read a credible book.

Posted by: Bonnie | February 7, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Greg Limes-who pays you that nickel an hour to write that cheap crap? If I was writing stuff like that I wouldn't be putting my name on it. Are you drunk? You seem to have some real aggression issues.Go see a counselor. And start reading a little more, if you can- and I don't mean National Enquirer. You need to read the USA Today, Chicago Tribune, any local paper will be a good start and then may try getting around a little and maybe read Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report. Educate yourself a little and then you won't sound so ignorant. Caution- Listening to Hannity $ Colmes does not count as educating yourself.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

why is it that the only thing going for obama is that he is half white? even if you are voting for obama he probably wouldn't want your vote. if you listen to the man, which i doubt, because words like this wouldn't come out of your mind, then you would rememeber the statement that he makes which is that his bid for the white house is not about gender, black or white, young or old but about past vs future. he is not about dividing but uniting. your choice of words are ill-thought out.

Posted by: roy | February 7, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The "experience" argument in favor of Hillary is weak since history shows no correlation between a candidate's years in Washington prior to their presidency and the likelihood of a remarkable legacy. Quoting the NY Times' N. Kristof:

"Looking at the 19 presidents since 1900, three of the greatest were among those with the fewest years in electoral politics. Teddy Roosevelt had been a governor for two years and vice president for six months; Woodrow Wilson, a governor for just two years; and Franklin Roosevelt, a governor for four years. None ever served in Congress".

Abraham Lincoln too had served a single lower-house term before becoming president.

Another much-touted Hillary argument is that she's a doer while he's a talker. "She's ready to get things done on day one. " Guess what: the president actually does NOT "do" anything. He/she talks to people and makes them do things. Hillary is a confrontational and extremely assertive person. Obama is famously eloquent and master at organizing and motivating people. Anyone who has managed (or been managed) knows that making people rally around you and engaging them is infinitely more effective than merely using power to unilaterally tell them shove their opinion and just do as they're told. Her record proves that Hillary is the antagonizing, coercive character while Obama will be able to convince key figures to work with him.

Barack Obama is:
- a charismatic leader
- a true progressive thinker
- a statesmanly speaker

He brings a much needed breath of fresh air to American politics. Anyone who does not see this simply fails to relate on a demographic level (race, age, etc...) and that is just sad.

Posted by: Ken Abe | February 7, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Roy, come on i like Obama to, but your choice of words are ill thought out? Its too ironic not to correct, Dont end your sentences with a prepositions

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

On the Democratic side - is there honestly a choice? Obama may sound good - but I need more than words. I've read a lot of HIllary bashing above which I personally do not feel is deserved. Every bad thing said about her - is it her you don't like? or are you dumping on her because of her husband (who by the way was a heck of a president who had some indiscretions that 95% of our other presidents have had - they just were not reported on). Hillary is a great presidential candidate in her own right. Try to listen impartially to each of their speeches, etc. - it doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine which one believes in change, has the experience to achieve the change and has sound policies and judgements to get us through.

While Obama has made "change" part of his everyday dialogue - I have yet to see anything else. where is the substance? Where are his detailed ideas and policies on the issues this country is facing today? Perhaps that's why he is balking on debates with Hillary - because he knows in a debate - she can pinpoint him with details and specifics. He has trouble making any kind of specific points without going into the kind of fluff he spouts at his rally's.

We are not electing someone to the office of Charisma & Personality. We are electing someone to be Commander in Chief and the President of our great country. I could care less if someone has charisma - I care if they can handle the nuts and bolts of the job, will go to the mat on issues, and will stand up to those that seek to knock them down. That is Hillary Clinton. She has taking a licking over the years - but she keeps on ticking. She stands a decent chance against McCain because of her intellect, her issues, and her toughness. Obama is wishy washy. And for those of you who think his charisma is enough to promote him to the highest office in this country - we will be in serious trouble if that happens and frankly because of the unknown. If he is the nominee - McCain will mop the floor with him. We need to choose someone who at least has a fighting chance against the Republican party and Hillary is that person. The Republicans can't knock her down any more than they have tried over the years and she has continued to hold her own. And for those who have commented about her past - don't be so naive to think that Obama's closets don't contain a lot of secrets - and if he is the nominee the Republicans will be all over it. If Hillary is not the Democratic nominee - I will consider seriously voting for McCain because at least with him I know what I will get.

Posted by: dweaver | February 8, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

To Dweaver:

I'm not a Hillary hater at all, which you will notice if you read my previous post. But I think you hit the nail on the head when you contrast Obama's lack of "substance" to Clinton's outstanding command of policy. Unlike you, I do NOT want a president that works the "nuts and bolts". I want a prez that's driven by big ideas and knows who to formulate them so the others can implement them. A great administrator is not the same as a great president. The difference is that of an experienced CEO that runs a well-oiled machine efficiently (Clinton) versus one that is capable of steering this huge ship in a new and better direction, an innovator, visionary CEO like this country has had many of.

As for each candidate's chances of beating McCain, I believe that zero republicans and very, very few independents will vote for Hillary. She is to many republicans what Bush is to us and is very unpopular outside of the democratic electorate. She may steal a few women's votes, but we also know that women in general will not vote for her just because of gender.

Obama on the other hand has the great personality that many are looking for among independents and others. Yes, unlike you, the vast majority of this country cares and votes for personality. In addition, Obama will motivate demographical groups that usually have a low turnout and that absolutely need more representation in politics: blacks and youths.

Posted by: Ken Abe | February 8, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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