NYT: Kennedy Aide Back in Iowa for Obama
October 2, 2007, 9:56 pm
Kennedy Aide Back in Iowa for Obama
By Adam Nagourney
IOWA CITY â" Ted Sorensen, the speechwriter and adviser to John F.
Kennedy, was in Iowa tonight on hand to introduce â" and attest to the
credentials â" of Senator Barack Obama as he delivered his foreign
policy speech for the third time today.
Mr. Sorensen recounted how on the drive here from Des Moines, he did
an interview with a newspaper that reminded him that this was not his
first time here with a young presidential candidate.
âI was being interviewed by an editor from Iowa newspaper from, from,â
Mr. Sorensen paused, â" âCarroll, Iowa,â came the shout from the back
of the crowd, Tommy Vietor, Mr. Obamaâs Iowa press secretary, who had
lent Mr. Sorensen his cell phone for the interview. Mr. Sorensen
smiled his thanks.
âHe said that in late fall of 1959, I was in Carroll, Iowa with
Senator John F. Kennedy,â Mr. Sorensen said. âSo Iâm glad to be back
with another young senator who is also going to be president of the
Mr. Sorensen is 79 and has lost much of his vision. He was escorted by
the elbow to the lectern by an Obama aide, who positioned him in front
of the microphone â" at which point Mr. Sorensen demonstrated that if
his eyesight had dimmed, his tongue had not;
âDonât worry about all these people helping me find the podium,â he
said. âMy eyesight is not so good but I have more vision than the
president of the United States.â