JFK aide Sorensen says Obama is the late U.S.President’s heirNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:06 am ICT by admin
The Independent quoted Sorensen, who was JFK’s chief speechwriter, as saying that “Both Kennedy and Obama have fantastically winning smiles and I might say both are very relaxed in front of an audience and on television. They don’t shout into a microphone, they talk.
“The principles, the values Obama and Kennedy are enunciating are not five-point plans for new healthcare programmes, which is more Hillary’s style,” he added.
Kennedy broke down the barrier of becoming the first Roman Catholic president while Obama is vying to become the first black occupant of the Oval Office.
Just as the party hierarchy dismissed the Massachusetts senator because of his age and unconventional background, Obama is also being branded as an also-ran.
Sorensen, who worked for Kennedy for 11 years and wrote the 1961 inaugural speech in which he spoke of a torch having been “passed to a new generation”, has made the linkage explicit and given it official sanction.
The Democratic veteran expressed what few senior party figures are prepared to do publicly - the conviction that Mrs Clinton will lose a general election and in practice is not much different from President George W Bush.
When asked about her similarities to Bill Clinton, Sorensen said that her election would be “a continuation of the Clinton-Bush 20 years” and business as usual in Washington.
He rejected the contention, driven home relentlessly by the Clinton campaign, that Obama lacked the experience to be president.
“He has great judgment, which he has demonstrated in his position against the Iraq war even before it started.
“Judgment is the single most important criterion for selecting a president. At the time of the  Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy’s powers of judgment were tested as no president has ever been tested. Fortunately for all of us, he really came up with the right answers. He was 45. Obama’s 46 so he’s an old geezer.”
“I’ve heard a lot of shrieks of approval, which I assume were coming from young women,” he said. “I’m told the phenomenon known as leapers has returned.
“In Kennedy’s case, along the motorcade route young women would levitate themselves to be able to see over the heads of taller people as he was driven by.
“There was excitement and enthusiasm that went into that leap as well as his good looks. It’s interesting they report leaper sightings when Obama appears.”
“There’s a sense in this country that Washington badly needs to be changed. The election of Obama will not only change the players in Washington, it’ll change the game itself.”
The Clintons, he said, were Washington insiders who wanted to maintain the status quo and who had not brought honour to the White House. Clinton, moreover, had failed to deliver.
“Bill Clinton was a persuasive communicator. If he was here now, he’d persuade us both that I’m wrong. But what was it used for? It was sad to see a president with such talent who was unable to get more done.”
He argued that the former First Lady would be defeated in a presidential fight with a Republican candidate like Rudy Giuliani. “She’s got everything going for her but a lot of people just don’t like her. I’m tired of losing. (ANI)
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