Teddy Kennedy: I Endorsed Obama Because of Clinton's LBJ Comments
by lonnette33, Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 04:40:16 AM EST
Well it seems the "Slueth", Mary Ann Akers over at Washington Post found out why Teddy Kennedy endorsed Obama over Clinton. Appartenty, it had nothing to do with Obama's message, record or creditials, Teddy was just getting even. Teddy was upset with his perceived slight of the Kennedy's family civil rights legacy.
Sources say Kennedy was privately furious at Clinton for her praise of President Lyndon Baines Johnson for getting the 1964 Civil Rights Act accomplished. Jealously guarding the legacy of the Kennedy family dynasty, Senator Kennedy felt Clinton's LBJ comments were an implicit slight of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who first proposed the landmark civil rights initiative in a famous televised civil rights address in June 1963.
One anonymous source described Kennedy as having a "meltdown" in reaction to Clinton's comments. Another source close to the Kennedy family says Senator Kennedy was upset about two instances that occurred on a single day of campaigning in New Hampshire on Jan. 7, a day before the state's primary.
The first was at an event in Dover, N.H., at which Clinton supporter Francine Torge introduced the former first lady saying, "Some people compare one of the other candidates to John F. Kennedy. But he was assassinated. And Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who actually" signed the civil rights bill into law.
The Kennedy insider says Senator Kennedy was deeply offended that Clinton remained silent and "sat passively by" rather than correcting the record on his slain brother's civil rights record.
While I find Francine Torge comments disgusting, is this what politics has come down to? I do not believe Hillary was trying to understate the significance of the Kennedy's family influence on the civil rights. Hillary was responding to a question posed by a reporter. I find this information very troubling. Honestly MyDD, if this isn't a reason to vote for Hillary, than I don't know what is.