Teddy Thanks Supporters, Taps Obama


After returning home to Cape Cod on Wednesday morning, Senator Ted Kennedy is speaking for the first time since his hospitalization last weekend. Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, called the tremendous amount of support he's received "very uplifting, very touching," reports the New York Post.

Kennedy was spotted sailing with wife Vicki yesterday. He had hoped to deliver the commencement speech at Wesleyan University on Sunday, where his stepdaughter Caroline Raclin will be graduating, however, he asked presidential hopeful Barack Obama to take his spot.

"Considering what he's done for me and for our country, there's nothing I wouldn't do for him," said Obama, "so I'm looking forward to standing in his place on Sunday, even though I know I won't be able to fill his shoes."

Teddy, reportedly looking content, said it was "good to be home," calling Cape Cod "the best place in the world," adding, "It is closest to nature -- it's an aspect of life," said the 76-year-old in a video broadcast nationally on CNN, "it's an aspect of life, someplace we grew up on and an enriching experience."