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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:03 AM
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Obama May Visit Ailing Kennedy - could provide a rallying point for Democrats
Obama May Visit Ailing Kennedy
Kennedy At Hyannis Port, Obama Vacations On Martha's Vineyard
POSTED: 6:30 am EDT August 23, 2009

BOSTON -- When Barack Obama's presidential prospects sagged, Sen. Edward Kennedy lifted the candidate with a coveted endorsement.

When brain cancer kept the Massachusetts Democrat from delivering his stepdaughter's college commencement address, Obama left the campaign trail and stood in for his then-Senate colleague.

And when Obama made one of the most closely watched decisions of his young presidency the type of puppy for his daughters it was Kennedy who gave him "Bo," a Portuguese Water Dog like the pair that have been a fixture in Kennedy's Capitol Hill offices.

With Kennedy now at his vacation home in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod and Obama setting off on his weeklong stay on nearby Martha's Vineyard, there's speculation the president may come see the ailing senator.

A visit could provide a rallying point for Democrats as Obama seeks to achieve one of Kennedy's career goals: overhauling the nation's health insurance system to provide near-universal coverage.

It also would show anew the close relationship between the first African-American president and the last vestige of the Camelot White House era.

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http://www.thebostonchannel.com/politics/20516452/detai...
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:29 AM
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1. PR stunts are obsolete technology.
It's time to be audacious.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:15 AM
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2. I don't give a damn about the 'camelot' shit, but it would be a great gesture vis a vis healthcare.
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HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:35 AM
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3. Man oh man I hope there's a picture of that
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:15 PM
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8. Not if he's very, very ill
that would be appalling.

He deserves his privacy right now.
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:42 AM
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4. Im in Hyannisport Right Now
Right down the road from the Kennedy compound.
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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:43 AM
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5. I hope he does visit him
and I don't need or care about a photo-op. I don't even care if it does or doesn't provide a rallying point on healthcare.

The man is sick, if he is able to have visitors and wants visitors, his friends should visit him.

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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:03 PM
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6. Ed Henry said Kennedy may be too ill for Obama to visit him after all. I hope he's wrong. n/t
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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:05 PM
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7. When Health Care Reform passes
it should be named after Ted Kennedy
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thelordofhell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:26 PM
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9. They need to call it the "Kennedy Act"
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:29 PM
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10. Aren't they friends?
Wouldn't any of us visit a sick friend, no matter how sick they were?
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