January 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama

 Caroline Kennedy has endorsed Barack Obama.

Caroline Kennedy has endorsed Barack Obama.

(CNN) - In a decision she attributes to "patriotic, political and personal" reasons, former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy is endorsing Barack Obama for president.

In an op-ed in Sunday's New York Times published on the paper's Web site Saturday night, titled "A President Like My Father," Kennedy writes: "It isn't that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960....

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."

Caroline Kennedy's uncle, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, has not yet endorsed a candidate in the Democratic presidential race. Her cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has endorsed Hillary Clinton.


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soundoff (1,111 Responses)
  1. J.K.

    Yes we can!

    Thank you very much, Caroline.

    January 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Kate

    I am a 55 year old white woman who will also leave my republican party's candidate to vote for Obama. His vision for unity works for me. We all know that Hillary cannot deliver that. I will vote for whomever the Republican candidate is if she is the Dem. It's time to move forward not look backwards. For all that people say that Obama doesn't have the experience, I disagree. He doesn't have a lot of experience as a politician but he has plenty as a leader and that's what we need now, a leader who can unite America. I look for Obama to do to the republican party what Reagan did to the dems. If billary runs again, look for a country that is even more divided than it is right now. Our hope for a united America is resting on this man's shoulders and I believe he can deliver it. Go-O!

    January 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. JML

    What is this 35 years of "experience" that Hillary touts? She slept with the man who was governor for 10 years and president for 8, but you don't gain experience by osmosis. 35 years ago (1973), she was in law school. A couple years later she married Bill whose political career took off soon after.

    I'm sure she talked with Bill about his decisions and even influenced many of them, but she held no OFFICIAL title during his presidency and did not even have a security clearance. So any foreign policy experience she talks about is Bill's, not hers. She wasn't even allowed by law to see the president's daily security briefings, so she couldn't have known everything. I don't disagree that she is a good politician, but her saying she has 35 years of experience is a LIE!!!!

    January 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Em

    It's not right for people to vote for a president just because they like their personality. I don't care if Kennedy endorses him, because I would never vote for him in my lifetime. He is all talk. Edwards cares about the people who have never had their voice heard. Edwards cares about the people, and wants to see America become better economically. He cared about the hurricane victims, and if I was in a disaster, I would want a president who cared about us. JOHN EDWARDS IS ALL FOR THE PEOPLE.

    January 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Rick Green

    The people who vote and are supporting Obamma remind me of the radical movement years . Democrats will never get back to the Whitehouse until they quit supporting someone who can never win a general elction. Voters (

    January 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Becky

    Obama's victory speech was not inspirational......He is not the right person to help this country....his speeches have no content...they just sound good to people who don't care about how to actually fix the things that are going wrong in this country....he just sounds good with nothing in his accomplishments to back it up...no way...not now....this country doesn't need someone who sounds good giving a speech...it really needs someone who can actually fix them with experience...................

    January 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Renee

    Charles Robinson from Ohio, you are right in what you said about Obama he stood between the whites and the blacks and therefore urge all whites not to brand him as blacks because we whites deserve good people like Obama. I total agree with you.

    January 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Odinga Kenyatta (from Nairobi)

    I wholeheartedly agree with Charles Robinson (see above). I am a Black African of Kenyan descent and I am very proud of Barack Obama…but I am also aware that his education, worldview and persona is heavily influenced by the "white" side of his family. The only thing his father contributed (albeit not to me dismissed) is his share of the chromosomes that makes up his genetic composition. Thus I cringe (to the point on wondering if the American people are being at all sincere) when I hear /read all this reference about him being "black". I feel if anything the reference "African-American" was coined specifically for people like Barack who embodies the hopes and aspiration of black and whites alike. If I had a vote I will vote for him on the strength of that alone.

    January 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. chuck

    Im sorry Caoline,ther will never be another John F. Kennedy ,he had brains,he didnt try to be the police chief of the world but of his own country.Thats what we need not just another cool prseident.

    January 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Boomer

    Ok, the big win is done. Wow. But now the reality. Let's start finding out what Obama really plans to do. Clinton has come forth with several plans for the economy, and health care. Obama has been vague so far. We need to get around the rhetoric and oratory. Get with his message, whatever that is. Right now, for me he may be a good showman, but he is no JFK. I was around back then. This is not the same thing. Kennedy had plans and ideas, not just feel good politics.

    January 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Cole Stevens

    I'm disappointed in all of you. You are angry with Caroline for endorsing who she thinks is best? That's just wrong. And all the people who say her opinion won't matter tend to support Hillary. Surprised?

    January 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Mil S

    Ted Kennedy will also endorse Obama...

    January 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Didi Miesen

    CNN's bias against Hillary is so blatant, so cheap, so unprofessional it's disgusting!

    Your "Best Political Panel on TV' repeating the same old, same old anti-Clinton views – and the obvious Glee (that CNN's population conditioning is working) they expressed when Hillary lost SC, has sickened me.

    I used to admire CNN's professionalism – and ethical reporting. Now that it's a FOX
    clone.. you've lost this viewer and this consumer of any goods advertised on CNN and Time.

    I know you won't post this, but do suggest you heed the message, because soon many of you will be looking for jobs due to your ratings plummeting into the toilet.

    The public may be naive but sooner or later they get it.

    January 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Anna

    Fascinating how so many people who never met President Kennedy have a "better" handle on how he was than his own daughter....Yes, she was young when he died, but she grew up with his legacy in an intimate way. Don't you think maybe she still knows him better than some random who saw him on TV?

    January 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Manny in FL

    One of the biggest problems we have is politicans obsessed with partisanship; the inability of government to get anything done because all effort is focused on fighting anything that the other party proposes or tries to accomplish. Yet, Hillary Clinton promises more of the same – despite what her husband has stated lately. She herself goes on and on about "fighting the Republicans". Just what we need – more partisanship in government ! For all our sakes, I hope that the Republicans nominate Sen.McCain and the Democrats nominate Sen.Obama. That way, whoever wins in November, at least Americans will have a President who puts the nation ahead of the party, and will reach across the aisles to get things done.
    Congratulations to Senator Obama ! Well done South Carolina !

    January 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. barack oprah

    We need "CHANGE".
    Don't need you, KENNEDIES!!!!!!!!!
    Go away.
    Go OPRAH!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Robyn

    Wow, this got more coverage that Robert Kennedy's endorsement of Hillary. Shame on you, again, CNN.

    January 27, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Gobama

    Barack Obama FELL FROM WHITE LOINS! . . . . All the bigots who would ignore that fact are presuming that Barack Obama is ever going to disavow his white side, even as he acknowledges his Black side.

    . . . Ignorant minds filled with ill will foolishly believe that they can pigeon hole such a highly intelligent and highly educated American. lol . .

    Barack IS BOTH Black & White! And any childish attempt to define him differently isn't going to phase the next President of the USA, Barack Obama!

    January 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. OLD SCHOOL GUY

    Caroline couldn't be more wrong! I respect her right to an opinion, but she is wrong. I had the honor to live first hand what her father stood for. He was genuine and He was real. The same is not true of her endorsement which is sad. Listen to the candidates, not the endorsements! That is why it is YOUR vote and no one else's!

    January 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. pab

    I hope cnn report on b.clinton's comments on Jesse Jackson winning S.C. I will vote for Obama, both in the primary and in general if he's the nominee. I am a democrat. I will not vote for Billary. I had clinton fatigue in 1992.
    Thanks C. Kennedy, and way to go Sen Ted Kennedy, you have made the right choice endorsing Sen. Obama. This is big considering how long you have known the clintons.
    Since Sen. Obama won over 80% of the black vote in S.C., maybe all those black caucus people who have been pushing Billary down our throats will see just how much power they really have with the black community. I think the have lost a lot of respect in their community.

    January 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. mike

    Sound like this is a begining of the end of United states? Obama is so unexperience. People in US, please look at his work in senate and with his clean bribery work getting $300k cheaper mansion from the market price. I doubt he can bring change for us, but for sure will bring change for him. He will just like others politician,

    January 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Mustapha

    Oh Obama the future of American. Go Obama Go.

    January 27, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Kathleen

    Thank you, Caroline! I, too, am inspired by Obama, more so that any politician in my lifetime. Although I would love to see a woman in the White House, the Clintons' behavior in South Carolina turned my stomach. I don't know if I could vote for her even if she were the Democratic nominee (depending, of course, on the Republican. There may only be one I could support.). If Clinton is elected, we will continue on Year 17 of Divisive Politics. Barack was so right last night when he said that a politician should be able to mention that someone from another party "had an idea."

    January 27, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Bob Sheridan

    Who cares, what celebrities endorse which candidate, we all know the media will pick the next candidate. Since most americans appear to be unable or unwilling to think for themselves, they will vote for who they are told to vote for. In 2000 the media thought it was refreshing the a candidate did not know (or seem to care) who were the leaders or other countries. W gave answers like "Geneeral" and the press accepted it. The fact that he mispornounced much of the english language was also accepted (that he was making up new words). The media is culpable in the election of George W. Bush. They crowned him Prince during the campaign and after election he made elevated himself to KING. Again never being challenge by the media. Even when he told the rest of the world "we will go on our own and if you are not with us, you are against us". I cannot immagine many politicians getting away with this but it was unamerican to question our Commander in Chief. Now the media is preparing the crown and royal robes for Prince Obama. We have suffered through eight years of an unqualifed man sitting in the oval office (or Crawford or Camp David etc.). We cannot afford another four years of on the job training. Can you picture Obama on the same stage asa the other leaders of the world. I think he would be the opposite of the "go it alone" presidency of Bush and be instead be a weak "go along to get alond" type of non-leader. He constantly claims he was opposed to the war in Iraq, but since becomming a US Senator he has supported just about every Bush request for the WAR. We need the right kind of strength to dig ourselves out of the hole that Bush has put us in.
    bosher

    January 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Susan

    I repeat: such anger, such resentment as this is amazing. Some of you need to reinspect your own values before questioning Obama's or the voters who voted for him.

    I am proud that Obama took every county but two in SC, and those two were split between Hilary and Edwards. I am white and voted for him. Race is only being brought into this by the weak.

    About experience: since 1789 fewer than 50 people...men..have gotten the actual Presidential experience. Less than 50 in over 200 years. And some of those have done very little. Some of those have been corrupt. Some only figureheads.

    I for one am tired of "experience." Maybe someone with an open mind, common sense, and a healing way will be better. Maybe if we start by making this country better on the inside, the world outside can be managed better.

    January 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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