John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, gave Barack Obama a timely endorsement Thursday, snubbing Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as his own vice presidential running mate.
Kerry came to South Carolina to embrace Obama, two weeks before the state's primary and with Obama needing a boost after Clinton's emotional victory over him in New Hampshire.
Quoting a black American hero in endorsing the man who hopes to be the first black president, Kerry told a cheering crowd, "Martin Luther King said that the time is always right to do what is right." Now is the time, Kerry said, to declare "that Barack Obama can be, will be and should be the next president of the United States."
The Massachusetts senator said there were other candidates he had worked with and respected but Obama was best able to bring Americans together.
Well, that, and the fact Obama never threw Kerry under the bus after his “botched joke” in late 2006 where he appeared to imply that the troops in Iraq were “uneducated”. The backlash caused Kerry to announce shortly thereafter that he would not run for President in ’08.
And Obama was not Kerry’s running mate in ’04 who torpedoed the campaign efforts a month before the election by insinuating paraplegics will walk when Kerry is President. Not that Kerry would have won anyhow. But John Edwards' asinine statement sure didn’t help.
Yes, I would not put it past Kerry to make this endorsement out of disdain for Clinton and Edwards. Who could forget his pettiness and petulance on full display during the ’04 Presidential campaign? Kerry broke Presidential race etiquette by continuing to campaign during the GOP convention. He then exacerbated said pettiness by holding a midnight rally in Ohio just minutes after the convention ended.
Given the 2000 Presidential loser’s endorsement was a kiss of death (Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean in ’04), is there any chance Obama could rescind Kerry’s approval?