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. Andrea

    Come on folks, let's calm down a few. There is no way anyone can compare to the late President Kennedy! Of course, remember that Oprah is part of the equation with the Kennedys.

    Sherri, I totally agree with your comments. Very intelligently written.

    (I wrote something similar, but it was not recognized)

    Senator Clinton keep on with your hard work. We would be proud to welcome and honor you as our next President.

    January 27, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Rabbit

    Talk about a little racism, Thomas....what would the Queen think?

    January 27, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Darell

    John from VA:
    He is 100% pro life. Check his record. Planned parenthood in Chicago has commended him for his prolife record.

    January 27, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. charlotte

    Better then JFK, your kidding right? Those words should evoke an outrage.

    January 27, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Thomas Henson...I'm right there with you! BRAVO! And I'll be right there behind you in line for UK citizenship.

    January 27, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Gobo

    Charles Rebison:

    I agree with you. You are Obama is both "white" and "African" American. He is well positioned to be the uniter.

    January 27, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Cesaria

    Thomas Henson, please leave. America doesn't stand for racism and bigotry let alone stupidity.

    January 27, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Joseph DeSousa

    lets see someone that says future verses past sure has a lot of past baggage supporting him....

    If Hillary is so past should she not be getting the establishement supporting her.

    Hummm who realy is talking through both sides of his mouth!

    January 27, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. J Moses

    Have I been marked as a terrorist or what ? Why am I not allowed to comment ?

    January 27, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Roland

    Caroline's (who's she politically anyway?) eerie endorsement of Obama is a tribute to how strong the voters' support for Hillary is and has been. Despite pro-Obama endorsements before the New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucus, from Gov. Neapolitano, Sen. Leahy, Sen. Kerry, Culinary Workers Union, and many others, and although Hillary earned a few endorsements (including recent one from Robert F. Kennedy,Jr.), HILLARY STILL LICKED OBAMA. So, Caroline's endorsement would not count at all but only little among her bosom friends and loved ones. By the way, sorry to say, but , Caroline, Obama pales in comparison with your father who was my idol in the 1060s. For one, your father's speeches touched my heart, soul and mind. Obama's speech does not appeal to me with his undesirable choice of words and worn-out cliches good only for those who have not attended college or high school oratorical contests.

    As to your uncle, Ted, he already showed his color when he and Rep. Emanuel of Illinois called on Bill Clinton to tone down his damaging rebuttals to Obama's campaign rhetoric. Ted's anticipated endorsement of Obama, if ever, timed before Super Tuesday for effect, will turn out likewise as worthless as the aforementioned pro-Obama endorsements. One more thing, so many anti-Hillary endorsements might reenact the backlash that led to Hillary's Hampshire primary victory, with so many, many knights of both sexes coming to the rescue of Lady Hillary.

    To those who denounced the comebacking Clintons, it is about time to likewise for equal treatment's sake, to denounce the comeback Kennedys like Caroline and Ted Kennedy since the JFK luster is already past.
    The reality check is that Hillary is more qualified and better prepared for the White House than any Democratic (and even Republican for that matter) candidate. This reality is lost on some big name Democrats who it seems inexplicably hate or dislike Hillary for personal reasons.

    January 27, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Darell

    Disregard the previous post. he is pro choice.

    January 27, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Pinga

    OUT FREAKIN STANDING ENDORSEMENT !!!! AND CAROLINE WRITES QUITE WELL TOO . WOW , THAT IS AWSOME !!!

    ALL CLINTON NEEDS TO DO NOW IS JUST CONCEDE RIGHT NOW AND MAYBE , IF HE ALLOWS HER, RUN AS OBAMA'S VP … BUT THAT'S AFTER SAYS PLEASE, OF COURSE ! AND ALSO AFTER SHE PLEDGES TO STOP FURTHER DIRTY POLITRICS ; AND AFTER A PROMISE TO KEEP A LEASH ON 'OL BUBBA , AND SHE NEED TOO ALSO APPOLOGIZE FOR THAT REZKO DEBACLE THAT SHE HERSELF IS NOT INNOCENT OF – YES HILLARY WE SAW YOU CAVORTING WITH REZKO ON THAT PICTURE , AND NO WE'RE NOT BUYING THAT YOU DON'T REMEMBER HIM …

    OR SHE COULD JUST GIVE UP WHICH EVER COMES FIRST !

    HA , LOL … THIS IS TO GOOD!

    January 27, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Mary

    Tom Henson start packing your bags!
    Go Obama

    January 27, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Don

    It is obvious that some comments are not posted. I have left several today supporting Hillary Clinton that have not been posted, or removed. These comments have not been negative of Obama, but of media. Obama will make a fine President, after Hillary Clinton. My question is CNN's moderation kicking out emails based on honest critique?? What is our country turning into? This is scary when experiance is trumped by popularity.

    January 27, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Daniela

    Another Iraq in Kenya?? Wow, Bush's policies and the overall suckiness of the last 7 years have gotten to you for sure.

    I don't think Mr. Obama would send thousands and thousands of troops to Kenya or waste billions of dollars there. I do think he will vocally support U.N. peacekeeping forces to be sent or actively voice his support for fair elections and voice his concern for humanity in all of the stricken areas in Africa (Kenya, Darfur, Congo) as well as Pakistan, Israel, and Palestine. But that is what a good leader should do, a good President should implement his message for hope and equality and justice in our nation and throughout the world. It is what John F. Kennedy would do. So you can think what you want, that the Democratic party is using affirmative action to subvert the vote. It is a callous and dimwitted view and while you are in the UK, this country will heal and achieve its greatness.

    January 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Karen

    I am thrilled Caroline Kennedy is supporting Barack Obama! Pay attention, America!!

    January 27, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. IndependentCA

    I wonder if she knows about this.......Obama has a bad a rating as Clinton. He made Judicial Watch 10 Most Corrupt Politicians 2007.. ...Senator Barack Obama (D-IL): A "Dishonorable Mention" last year, Senator Obama moves onto the "ten most wanted" list in 2007. In 2006, it was discovered that Obama was involved in a suspicious real estate deal with an indicted political fundraiser, Antoin "Tony" Rezko. In 2007, more reports surfaced of deeper and suspicious business and political connections It was reported that just two months after he joined the Senate, Obama purchased $50,000 worth of stock in speculative companies whose major investors were his biggest campaign contributors. One of the companies was a biotech concern that benefited from legislation Obama pushed just two weeks after the senator purchased $5,000 of the company's shares. Obama was also nabbed conducting campaign business in his Senate office, a violation of federal law.

    Still find the guy dull as dishwater. Never liked his voting record. Find him uninformed and rude at every debate. The more I see of his personal character, the more negative my view of him becomes.

    January 27, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Rayne

    We have lost pride in America. From most of the comment here, it's clear that Obama can help us restore that in ourselves. For all the people that keep saying he has no substance, they either don't want to hear or are not listening. How many times must one explain the Illinois state legislature voting process for people to understand that voting present is not ignoring the vote, but indictes you are in favor of the bill, but it may need some tweaking. If people would do some investigating instead of taking their talking points from the Clinton website, maybe we can move the discussion forward.
    For all of you who believe that the Clinton have plenty of sunstance, I totally agree with you. To bad that the majority of it is LIES, SCANDAL, AND DECEIT.
    Thank you Caroline Kennedy for seeing the truth. OBAMA 08'

    January 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. PW Va

    You Hillary supporters really need to get over yourselves!!! I find it quite telling that each and every time she loses SHE AND HER SUPPORTERS want to scream it's all the media's fault. Will she not take RESPONSIBILITY for any of her faux pas during this campaign...perhaps starting with her spouse?

    I suppose now that the media has become that VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY that she's always harping about. I'm a life-long Deomcrat and I'm joining the battle cry of ABH (ANYONE BUT HILLARY)!!!

    January 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Angie

    I think some of you that fail to see the similarities to JFK may be from the older generation. Obama is similar to JFK because he has been able to do what no one has in a long time...inspire a NEW GENERATION of voters to get out there are participate in the political process. It's about the feelings that he inspires in people. You can act like you don't see it if you want, but it's obvious. How could he possibly even stand a chance of winning the nomination against someone who has been been wheeling and dealing for years to become president if it weren't so? Finally, younger people are making their voices heard. I'm 33 years old and I'm tired of the baby boomer generation dominating everything. Seems like you guys have been in charge since before I was born! It's time for a change...people under 45 want to be included too. We work, we pay taxes, and we should have a voice.

    So those of you that keep asking what change is Obama going to bring...there it is...he's already started. He is uniting people across color lines, gender lines, and generations to believe in this nation and become a part of the political process...to stop complaining and do something if we want things done differently.

    January 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Rod

    So what??? How old was this lady when her dad died??? What difference does it mean to anyone's life that she thinks that Obama MIGHT one day inspire her. I am already inspired by Hillary.

    Those voices in the media that are pushing the Obama bandwagon, without subjecting him to the tough questions, are the same ones that pushed the Iraq War without asking the tough questions, and pushed George W. Bush's bandwagon without ever asking him the tough questions.

    Don't be fooled by the media again. The media pundits, analysts, commentators and reporters, have agendas.... it's to keep you watching, keep you, tuned in.... controversy.. no matter how manufactured still sells.

    Obama and the media combined to attack Clinton(s) and the African American population bought it in part, while the other parts showed that loyalty is just skin deep.

    January 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Alan Weisberg

    After considerable consideration I too have endorsed Mr. Obama. He has the leadership qualities, life experience and message that brings out the best in people. A rare combination of talents and abilities that require a decision to support him now.

    January 27, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Castro

    Interesting how every comment I make that criticizes the media in this country gets bounced. Can't face the truth??????????

    January 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Harry from Florida

    Cathy & Susan, I entered my comments at 1:57 PM ET. There was nothing foul about them except a difference of opinion from most of the comments here. It's just all about how the media wants to spin this whole thing.

    January 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. J.C.T.

    CAROLINE WHY DON'T
    HAVE A MARCH EVERY NOVEMBER 22?
    WE CELEBRATE MORE THE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY?

    January 27, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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