Friday, February 29, 2008

"Sitting Around a Fire, Ted Kennedy's Wife Visits [Toledo Area] to Fire Up Catholics About Obama"

(Hat tip: Pro Ecclesia reader and frequent commenter, PB)

From The Toledo Blade:
About 25 Roman Catholics sat around a crackling fire in Monclova Township last night for casual conversation about Barack Obama, his presidential candidacy, and what he plans if he becomes president.

One of them happened to be Victoria Reggie Kennedy, wife of U.S. Sen. Edward ''Ted''
[ED.: "The Swimmer"] Kennedy (D., Mass.). Another was former U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer (D., Ind.), who was a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Both spoke of their faith and their support for Mr. Obama. For more than an hour, they and the guests - including a teacher, a person who works in health care, a priest, and religious sisters - discussed social justice; war and peace; gun violence and poverty; immigration; education and vouchers for nonpublic schools.

"Teddy said, 'I'm waiting to see who inspires me,'" she recalled. "Suddenly out of Iowa is this man, Barack Obama."
[ED.: What good thing can come "out of Iowa"? Behold, the man.]

Last month, Senator Kennedy endorsed Mr. Obama at a rally in Washington.

"There's something happening out there, and it's exciting to be a part of it," Mrs. Kennedy said. "I know Senator Obama grew up with the values that I grew up with and that I know you grew up with."
[ED.: And what values would those be? Abortion on demand? Infanticide? Euthanasia? Same-sex "marriage" and talking to your 6-year-old about that particular subject?]

The gathering is part of the efforts of the Obama campaign to reach out to communities of faith. Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Roemer will be with Catholics in Cleveland today for a similar event.

Mr. Roemer, who described himself as a "pro-life Democrat," said Mr. Obama would approach the issue with the goal of reducing the number of abortions, "not talk about it, not use it as a wedge issue."
[ED.: You mean like he did here and here when he evoked fear of what might happen should Roe be overturned in order to appeal to Planned Parenthood for their support?]

He said Mr. Obama speaks to the dignity of life when he addresses such concerns as health care, and "those are exactly the things we talk about in our faith." [ED.: You mean like Obama's proposed government-run health care program that will pay for abortions? And, after Obama signs the "Freedom of Choice Act" into law - thereby overturning any current restrictions on abortion, will pay for partial-birth abortions, as well?]

(emphasis and editorial commentary added)

Did anyone else notice the grammatically poor construct of the Blade's headline?

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama"

Deal Hudson: "Barack Obama's Catholic Problem"

Catholics at the Ballot Box

How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain

National Catholic Reporter's Joe Feuerherd to U.S. Catholic Bishops: "Go to Hell"

Deal Hudson and Fr. Thomas Reese on Obama and the Catholic Vote

Deal Hudson on "Douglas Kmiec and the Lure of Obama"

Douglas W. Kmiec on "The Moral Duty to Inquire"

Deal Hudson: "Preacher Man: Barack Obama and the the Gospel of Liberalism"

Romney Advisor Says Obama "a Natural for the Catholic Vote"

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At 2/29/2008 5:42 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Four years ago, while running for the U.S. Senate, in a debate against his Republican opponent Alan Keyes, Barack Obama said, "no one is pro-abortion".

I would still like to know how Sen. Obama would have voted differently on any issue if he were self-admittedly "pro-abortion".

At 3/02/2008 4:18 PM, Blogger A Simple Sinner said...

"Teddy said, 'I'm waiting to see who inspires me,'" she recalled. "Suddenly out of Iowa is this man, Barack Obama."


Illinoise maybe?

This sounded like some "choir preaching"

"a teacher, a person who works in health care, a priest, and religious sisters - discussed social justice; war and peace; gun violence and poverty; immigration; education and vouchers for nonpublic schools"

Well, a group like that I am willing to be pretty much arrived with their minds made up.

I have never known anyone who honestly goes to campaign events like this to "learn more about the candidate" - they wanted to meet Ted Kennedy's wife, and gather with like-minded individuals.

I had to laugh a little when a friend and former co-worker told me early on in the primary campaigns that he was hoping more would have rallies in Ohio so he could "evaluate who to support"... He is a waiter and part time freelance writer who writes for liberal journals and community activism newspapers. He is neither a "big money donor" or a campaign volunteer.

One way or another, he will be voting Democrat.

At 3/03/2008 8:02 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


Illinoise maybe?

I assumed she was talking about the Iowa Caucuses.

But you could be right that she knew he came from some Midwest state that starts with an "I" but didn't know which one.

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