It was then a conversation with Ted Kennedy that appeared to really sway Mr. Obama that maybe a presidential run was what he should be doing instead of remaining in the Senate.
Mr. Kennedy said he would not be "wading in early" to endorse a Democratic candidate but that Mr. Obama's
"power to inspire is rare".
"You think you may not be ready, that you'll do it at a more convenient time," Mr. Kennedy said at the time, writes Mr.
Obama. "But you don't choose the time. The time chooses you. either you seize what may turn out to be the only chance you have, or you decide you're willing to live with the knowledge that the chance has passed you by.~
From Barack Obama's A Promised Land