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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  1. John from VA

    If he was pro-life I would vote for him!

    January 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. mmncolorado

    Senator Obama has a wonderful gift. He is an inspirational speaker. He can unite people. He just needs some seasoning. I don't want someone in the White House that needs a year or two to learn the ropes. Regardless of how much he wants to change things. Senator Obama cannot change anything without the cooperation of the Legislative and Judicial branch of the government. He needs to know when to hold em and when to fold em. He doesn't even know the rules of the game.

    January 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. CAROL ANN ROBERTS

    WE WILL HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT THAT WILL MAKE HISTORY FOR ALL 91AMERICANS;PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT ONLY WILL MAKE POSTIVE CHANGES,HE WILL BE ONE OF THE ONLY PRESIDENTS THAT WILL KEEP HIS WORD.THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL, HIS IS ALL GOOD; UNLIKE SOME; THE WINDOW IS CLOUDY WITH SELFCENTERED,SELFNESS, RUDE BAD LIARS ; AND MOST OF ALL FEARS THAT PARALIZE ONE FROM MAKING SOUND DECISIONS;

    JOHN F. KENNDY, MARTIN LUTHER KING; AND PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA BELIEVE IN THE 91ST PSALM AND MOST OF AL PSALM 27,"HAVE NO FEAR,I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU!

    January 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. CHERYL

    OH BOY THIS WILL CHANGE EVERYONES MIND! GIVE ME A BREAK OBAMA WON SC BECAUSE HE IS BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS ANYONE REALLY SURPRISED? WELL I HOPE HE ENJOYS IT BECAUSE HE IS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE MEDIA PORTRAYS HIM AS A GOD AND PAINTS HILLARY IN A BAD LIGHT! BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY WOULD RATHER SEE A BLACK MAN BE PRESIDENT THAT AN ACCOMPLISHED WOMAN. TALK ABOUT DISCRIMINATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COME ON WOMEN WE NEED TO GO TO BAT FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I KNOW SHE WILL BEAT HIM AND TURN THIS COUNTRY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO HILLARY I AM WITH YA GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HILLARY 2008

    January 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Selam

    I supported Clinton in the 90s and hated the Republicans for their 'right wing conspiracy against the Clintons'. But now, I see how the Clintons are rutheless on anyone that could be in the way of their perceive entitlement – the presidency.

    Let's see, the experience of HRC in the major issues of today.

    She was wrong on Iraq from the beginning – authorizing war and the flip-flop after.
    She was wrong on Iran – the grandstanding – that Bush would have definitely taken it to war if it were not for CIA this time around.
    She did not recommend a tax rebate to stimulate the economy before the big dive. Now she is running around talking about it as if she was the originator of the idea.

    Obama was on the right side in all of these. Facts speak for who has the better judgement. It is not about regurgitating numbers that you heard from experts on foreign policy or economy; it is about instinct and judgment.

    Then, of course, there is the Clintons polarizing behavior. Look at what the Clintons managed to do in just two weeks – almost divided the democrats and the Clintons say 'we love this contact sport'. This is I guess the '35 years' experience they are talking about. They are so out of touch that we are sick of it. This experience is actually what is keeping us from achieving the solutions of all the issues facing us today. If they can't rally the Democrats of today, not of 1992, how could they bring independents and Republicans to the table. The latter are salivating to continue the fight with Clintons interrupted by Bush presidency. Now I know the Clintons love it as well, but not on our votes this time around!!!

    And when the Clintons loose they throw away the rules they agreed upon. See what they did in Nevada and now in Florida. Again, part of their '35 years' of experience. Say and do anything to just get elected. We don't owe them the presidency. They have to work for it in a fair way, playing by the rules they agreed upon.

    For the better of the country, they just should vanish with the little remaining dignity they might have left. Otherwise, they will take us back in worse mess than they did last time. Don't forget, Clinton cultivated the atmosphere for a Bush presidency.

    January 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Sam

    First a Caroline Kennedy endorsement and now a Ted Kennedy endorsement. Talk about the kiss of death, the Kennedy brand of dirty, divisive politics is what cost the Democrats the White House for most part of the last 40 years. Is this what Obama means by turning the page? I guess turning the page backwards to go back to the 60s. In spite of liberal media revisionism, Kennedy would have probably had a hard time getting re-elected in 1964. As an incumbent he only had 50% of the country's support in 1963 and that too as an incumbent. Talk about polarization. Ronald Reagan, who Obama admires so much, once called JFK "a Marxist." Nominating Obama with Ted Kennedy riding his coattails will cost the Democrats the White House for the next 8 years.

    January 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Tina

    I have a great idea.
    Let's vote for the most likable, the best dressed, the cutest, the one who quotes the best, the one who gives the best speeches, and reminds us of someone like JFK and MLK. Let's vote for change and Hope. Which we know nothing about. The one who wants to change washington politics and then receives endorsements from Kerry and Kennedy. Let's vote for someone who votes "Present" 130 times. Instead of making a desiscion. Changes his votes because he pressed the wrong button or didn't mean to vote the way he did when he gets feedback on how he voted. . Will be a great role model to our children by claiming that it's okay to take drugs to solve problems as long as you quit. (Never mind the one's who can't quit.) Then run for president after promising the voters of Ilinois to complete his term. All of these things will certainly get us jobs and food on the table, better relations with foreign countries and end the war in Iraq. Hey, great candidate, right?

    Let's forget all about experience, the economy, foreign relations, the war in Iraq, and Healthcare and taking resposibilty for one's voting record, good or bad.

    Then everyone wonders WHY America is going down the tubes. There you have it. The presidency for the U.S. has become a popularity contest. The one's to blame are WE the voters because we are putting these people in office.

    January 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. CAROL ANN ROBERTS

    WE WILL HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT, THAT WILL MAKE HISTORY FOR ALL AMERICANS; PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT ONLY WILL MAKE POSTIVE CHANGES,HE WILL BE ONE OF THE ONLY PRESIDENTS THAT WILL KEEP HIS WORD.;THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL, HIS IS ALL GOOD! UNLIKE SOME? THE WINDOW IS CLOUDY WITH SELFCENTERED,SELFNESS, AND BAD LIARS ; AND MOST OF ALL FEARS THAT PARALIZE ONE FROM MAKING SOUND DECISIONS;

    JOHN F. KENNDY, MARTIN LUTHER KING; AND PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA BELIEVE IN THE 91ST PSALM AND MOST OF ALL PSALM 27,"HAVE NO FEAR I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU'!

    January 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Laurinda

    Caroline Kennedy should just mind her P's and Q's and stop trying to convince everybody to vote for O'Bama. O'Bama is to young to be a president not to mention that he is such a liar. Actually they are all a bunch of liars. I am disqusted with all of them. Maybe we will have better choices in 2012.

    January 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Geri

    I have always admired Caroline Kennedy for the good work she has done and the books she has written but I disagree heartily with her endorsement of Obama. I cast my first vote for President Kennedy and I fully believed in him but I think it is a great mistake to compare Obama to him. I think it is an insult. Obama is playing the "black" card and we will all be in a sorry mess if he becomes the next President. Bush has made a mess of things but it will only get worse if Obama gets in. He can't say "present" to foreign leaders or to the people of the United States. Get off his bandwagon CNN and start showing fair politics in both the democratic & republican races. You, CNN, are racist & biased.

    January 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Lisa Salt Lake City UT

    More telling is how Caroline has remain out of politics herself in the past, all of these years. Obama has a way to get people involved.

    January 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Christine NJ

    All American people remember our president of JFK, but Obama NONE OF THINGS CAN BE COMPARED, Ms. Calorine endorsing Obama, let me feel she has not respect his father, JFK was so Great President, his inspiration and his ability not only leading our country it is the entire world.

    Shame on her.....

    January 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Jimmy Baldwin (SC)

    Thank you Carolina, and thank you Caroline!

    Obama is JFK-esque!!!

    Obama 2008! Obama 2012!!

    January 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Jgian

    Obama is a lot like ther fahter? Well, Kennedy tried to stand up to the military industrial comples by endin the Viet Nam war before it viturally began and look what happened to him and the public can't see the records until 20029? Why? what is the governement behind the government hiding?

    January 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Phil Memphis, TN

    I am an Edwards supporter, but I have to say, if this is followed by an endorsement from Ted Kennedy, its over. I say that because Ted K's a stalwart of the democratic party, and his endorsement on top of John Kerry means that the "old guard" of the Democratic party is ready to fully support Obama.

    If so, Obama needs to quickly focus on providing specifics on how he will implement his vision, and also begin building and talking about a network of experienced Dems who will be his senior advisors. By doing this now it will short circuit the GOP who certainly will want to run against his lack of experience and lack of specifics in his plans. After all, they have nothing to run on, they have to run against the Dem candidate.

    January 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. pam Eugene OR

    Thank you Caroline for your vision with this wonderful endorsement. I was in 8th grade when your father was killed. I cried my heart out for you and all of us is this country. We lost a remarkable man and we loved him. Clearly he left you with his wisdom and love for America.
    I am an Obama supporter and am proud of your endorsement.
    Thank you Caroline and thank you SC in you amazing support for this honorable man.
    Omama 08

    January 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Dem08

    I have heard Obama and Clinton speak. Obama does not address the issues that concern American's in enough detail. He is swept up in his own celebrity and this is not good for the democratic party. Someone posted that Clinton supporters are nasty in their comments. I do not see that. I guess its not tasty to continue to talk about Bill's personel life as if it has anything to do with Hillary's campaign. I want a strong leader who will not only bring change, but will also be able to handle whats ahead. I do not think Obama will survive in a general election. SC proved very little, other than retoric can sway voters to make choices based on retoric. Why would anyone not apprciate experiance in an election with so much at stake. Obama is proving that he has some weakness, and refusing to answer questions about his record will hurt him, if not in the primary season, he will be taken to task by republicans in a general. We had a loser in Kerry, we can not afford that again. Please, make your decisions carefully and nominate the best person for that job. Obama has not earned that nomination yet.

    January 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Rick

    Doesn't anyone remember how Ted Kennedy divided the Democrats in 1980 for his own political gain? Remember that scene at the Democratic Convention where he stood on the opposite side of the stage from President Carter, who was the nominee? Ted has been on the wrong or loosing side of many issues and should not get caught up in moment and look ahead, especially to the general election and the Republican machine that will crush Obama.

    Rick
    Port Orange, Fl.

    January 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Joyce Newman

    People! don't pretend you can be more catholic than the pope! Carolina Kennedy lived all her life with her father John F K, before he entered the public life; he is her father for goodness sake and she said Obama remind her of her father and you guys are disgracing?

    Are you saying you know JFK kennedy better than his daughter? That is is rediculous or blind arguments by Hillary supporters who are annoyed because Caroline did not support Hillary.

    You lost this battle, go fight another one.

    Oh! wait a second, Ted Kennedy will be endorsing Obama next week. Note that Ted have a close tie with the Clintons, Caroline was supporting Hillary before she decide endorsing Obama.

    Go get a live! Stop pretending that you know JFK more than his daughter.

    Was historic event or action JFK did before he was elected into office? Nobody knew him and alot of people doubted him as naive and uninformed before he become president just like you are doing to Obama.

    When you try to compare JFK or Bill Clinton to Obama, do not use any event or any of their actions during their presidency to compare them. Compare Bill Clinton or JFK before they become the president to Obama, that is the only fair comparison.

    Stop been haters.....

    January 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Tameka

    "There is nothing in life permanent, but change." Whether it is called God’s will or evolution, we as individuals change just as all things change that inhabit this world. What makes us different is our awareness. Those with the knowledge, courage, and strength to embrace change can simply be described as powerful. Not bound my historical application and repetitive seclusion, these individuals (or group of people) possess a vision that allows them to move ahead. As they charter this journey into the future, fear is an emotion that is trumph by possibility. I feel that a true agent of change recognizes this strengh and power in Barack Obama. An endorsement from the Kennedy dynasty, now, makes me believe that anything is possible and it is okay to vote with my heart...truth conquers lies, good defeats evil, light will prevail darkness, and the sky is the limit.

    Tameka
    Austin, TX

    January 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. john in Columbus

    Mary in SC summarized it best-you Clinton supporters are as negative and divisive as the candidate you are backing. If the best you can do is spew forth nasty and often immaturely petulant comments then it only proves that our country will be no better off under Hillary's leadership than it is under the current administrations'. While endorsements may not matter in the long run, I pray that the rest of you will recognize the unique opportunity we have to put someone in the White House who has the talent and desire to do what needs to be done first-make the United States of America UNITED again, and that person is Senator Obama.

    January 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. CHERYL

    "WE KNOW THAT SHE IS CAPABLE OF BOTH UNITING AND LEADING" **********************GO HILLARY 2008**************************************************

    January 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Statesman

    Back in 1963, then President John F. Kennedy wanted an end to the Federal Reserve System, and with a simple stroke of the pen he ordered the U.S. Government to restore its Constitutional mandate of controlling the money. President Kennedy was taken from us three weeks later. When President Lyndon Johnson took office, he immediately rescinded Kennedy's order and the Federal Reserve lives today, printing money, creating inflation.

    Ron Paul is the real hope for what America once was. Education is better than ignorance.

    If the Republican's were smart, they would put the only candidate left who DID NOT vote for the Iraq Resolution. And he showed everyone he knows about the economy more than McCain, this media and the "debates" hardly even ask him questions anymore- what a joke this country is becoming.

    Look up San Fransico Gop straw poll cancellation. Look up Louisianna Gop caucus results. Even CNN doesn't even report on Dr. No anymore...

    If you vote for anyone other than Ron Paul, you will see in a few years this ecomomy really go into a recession, especially if we continue this welfare state. We have 5 million out of work, we need workfare.

    January 27, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Paula in VA

    No one knows Caroline's father better than she and her family did.

    Also, Obama is not black or white–he is BOTH!. I am a black woman but do not claim him as a black. HIs mother (whom is white) carried him in her womb for 9 months. There is no reason for him to choose which one of their race to claim. He is simply both.

    I was very proud the day he won South Caroliina. Behind him stood blacks and whites together in the celebration. He is a uniter and that's what America needs.

    January 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. catherine

    We need to remember the prosperity of the 90's under the Clinton regime- 22 million new jobs, a balanced budget, no war, and a very popular leader. Women need to unite behind HILLARY! We are letting the black and white men control and divide the women's vote. Obama is inexperienced and cannot run this country. The press has done everything to distort and defile the Clintons. Hillary is the only choice to save this country. Who cares about Caroline and Ted Kennedy of the wealthy Kennedys – do they have to worry about jobs and health care? HILLARY CARES! WOMEN, get behind a female leader!

    January 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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