January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Kennedy endorses Obama: 'I feel change in the air'

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Edward Kennedy backed Sen. Barack Obama for president Monday, saying: "It is time again for a new generation of leadership."

"It is time now for Barack Obama," the Massachusetts senator and brother of the late President Kennedy added.

He stood with Obama, his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy before a screaming capacity crowd of students at American University in Washington, DC.

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  1. Kate

    The Clinton's used the campaign song "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" by Fleetwood Mac in the campaign of his first term. This was a young, idealistic, southern governor, with no international or senate experience, who had been inspired to public service by Jack and Bobby Kennedy and wanted to inspire American's to dream reach for the American Dream.

    He reminded us of Jack and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, their hopes and dreams for this country and that together we could achieive great things. American's gave Bill Clinton the chance and they reached for the dream and hope for the future.

    That was then, today is a different reality. We need new inspiration, a new vision of the future and new hope for tomorrow. That inspiration is Barack Obama!
    This is a new day.

    January 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Gail, San Diego, California

    It's really amusing how the Clinton campaign gets everyone on here to try and paint a different picture of what is going on.

    Obama has all the momentum.

    Not only that, he has the right judgement to move us forward on all issues and policy.

    Obama 08

    January 28, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. D

    I understand how all you Hillary fans would be mad about this. However, the momentum is with Obama now and he is poised to win the nomination and presidency this year. He deserves it – he will make an amazing leader.

    I respect Hillary – but I'd take a bullet for Obama. He's the real deal. Get on board.

    January 28, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Misty

    People-Stop slingling mud at the Kennedy's- Clintons have more mud on their face and many dead bodies in the closet-with wheelin and dealin and Bill' s amorous apetite for you know what- So lay off the Kennedy's and admire all the work and sacrifices they have done. Obama is the choice and he is the voice- Can you hear it!!! We can do it and we will do it.

    Sounds wonderful: President Barack Obama. Yeah!

    January 28, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Kimmie

    Congrats to Senator Obama on Sentor Ted Kennedy, Rep Patrick Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy's endorsements. How exciting! Ready for Change! Go Obama!

    January 28, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Paul

    If Kennedy sees such a need for a change in leadership he should begin by resigning now.

    January 28, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Truth

    Truth is Hillary will win. We can all be inspired in 2016 after Obama gets some experience as Hillary's running mate.

    January 28, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Karen

    Rezko was arrested for bond violation? Does anyone know what's going on? Something about shifting funds? If anyone knows where to get info, please post.

    January 28, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Truth

    Truth is Hillary will win. We can all be inspired in 2016 after Obama gets some experience as Hillary's running mate.

    January 28, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Peggy Ledbetter

    Senator Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Senator Barack Obama gives Senator Obama legitimacy and dilutes the criticism that Senator Obama lacks experience. Senator Kennedy works with Senator Obama and knows his capabilities. Commentators from all over the world say that people all over the world are following America's election like never before. The world sees both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as candidates that can heal the negativism about the USA and change the USA's terrible image and reputation in the world at large. Foreigners hope that a new President can return America to its strengths, values and tradition of exporting hope and optimism. Barack Obama is the best candidate to put a face to America's claim to Moral Authority and champion of Human Rights at home and abroad. In order for all of us in the USA to reclaim The American Dream, we cannot have the usual stalemate in Congress. Barack Obama is the best candidate to work with all members of Congress to get constructive work done for the American people.

    January 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. James Brown ( Independent )

    All on board the Obama train , we have room for all americans.

    God Bless America

    Obama 08

    January 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. LJ

    Obama is clearly the best choice.

    He is an intelligent politician with fresh ideas that can reinvigorate America. Under his leadership, America can head for a new direction and put an end to the Clinton-Bush era of Dirty Washington politics.

    After all, we don't want the Clintons to bring back to the White House all the dirty political tricks, elitism, lies and sleaze of the last years of Bill Clinton's presidency.
    Let us not forget that it was mainly because of them that the Democrats lost the White House to George W. Bush.

    ...And that makes Hillary unelectable.

    January 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Tom Wittmann

    I certainly have not a good opinion of Ted Kennedy, as said before he is all his
    political life riding on the back of his brother John, whose seet in the Senat he
    took over (practically, it was a gift)

    Also his pose as champion of the poor, minorities and women is just that, a pose.
    (just look how he treated women nearly all his life)

    BUT..... !

    Nobody can discuss that he is extremely clever and has a large support between
    mainly the older Dems, in love with the Kennedy clan !! And it is a fact that he is a red cloth for Republicans, many independents and even a good number of Dem's

    But as far the Dem's primary is concerned, his influence is clearly positive, The polls have until now shown that the only consistent support which Hillary enjoys from one state to the next was from the elderly, exactly the group where Ted
    yields influence.

    Therefore, do not be surprised that from now on, HER ADVANTAGE BETWEEN THE SENIORS WIILL, EVAPORATE, AS IT DID IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.Possibly, this could be visible already in Florida, but it could be clouded by Hillary's tricky last moment campaigning, alone and without competition, in this state.

    he realizes that Hillary will be an easy target for the Republican and could not
    win !! Obama, even carrying a strong handicap, would have a figyhting chance !!


    Could it be that hearing OBAMA and seeing the tricky campaign by Hillary and realizing that she is largely a front for Bill, they changed their opinion ??!!


    January 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. annoyed voter

    Huh? What kind of bizarro world nonsense is this? Is this the same Ted Kennedy who's been in office longer than almost anyone saying it's time for change? Now I really DO feel like I'm in some kind of fairy tale. It's 'Alice In Wonderland' and this is a load of 'Jabberwocky'!

    January 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. D.

    Please all you Hillary haters. Let's not make this a hard lost. She and her husband deserves our respect. I Love the Clintons and I wish the well in the future. Let's not destroy their reputation and drag down their honor. And lets stop disrespecting Clinton Supporters. We need their cooperation when its time to change. But if the Clintons continue to work to denie the American people the hope, the inspiration, and the emergence of America's next generation of leadership then so be it.

    This reminds me of the movie "Happy Feet, Lion King, Narvia, etc." This is epic.

    January 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Will Gainesville, FL

    Barack Obama....ready on day one! ( and day two, and day three, and every other day!)

    YES, WE CAN!

    As hard as they try to hold us back, the Clintons will fail!! The stakes in this election are so high. We CAN'T WAIT! Obama NOW!

    January 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. AJ, California

    Kennedy is giving the stamp of approval that Obama is up there in character with JFK and RFK. This is not an endorsement directed toward Republicans or Independants (like myself) it's for the the older Dems that Obama has had trouble with. This endorsement will call all of those in boomer generation to come home once again and help change our country's course.

    A new working majority is still what Obama wants to build, whether your a Repub, Indy, or Dem, your voice will be heard and you will be involved. Together is the only way we go forward. All that's left is Al Gore.......I imagine he'll wait for the general election though. 😦

    January 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. carol

    As a life long democrat, I am terribly disappointed with Ted Kennedy. Only shows how much of a trusted friend he is. He is the one democrat that I would not want on my side with his history or womanizing and alcohol in his back ground. I don't think he is one to inspire anyone.

    January 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Bill, Tx

    Dutch – Actually Eisenhower put the first advisers in Viet Nam and Kennedy was not in favor on expanding our role their. Johnson was the one that truly escalated the war.

    January 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Cheerio

    "I am wondering if our young generation is depressed or having some psychological problem. HOPE, CHANGE all these philosophical words are used to boost the morale. Smart, confident people do not need those word , they are Action people."

    I am 24 years old. I graduated with honors from a very good college where I was a merit scholar. I am a smart, confident woman. I am not depressed, nor do I have a psychological problem. I take exception to your diagnoses of our "young generation." Did it ever occur to you that words inspire action? I have read both of Barack Obama's books, and they inspired me to action in my life. Barack inspired me to start a business, he helped me to see that we can't expect good things to happen to us–we have to make them happen. He is a great example of how taking action will change your life, and change the lives of those around you. He is an exceptional leader, as he inspires leadership in others.

    Words have meaning. If they didn't, no one would read books, or listen to speeches, or write letters to people they love. Barack uses words to call others to action. And HOPE is not just a word, it's a concept, it's a powerful force. Depressed people lack hope, that is why they are depressed. All kinds of people need hope. I am young, happy, confident, and smart... but I'm not perfect, and the world I live in is far from perfect. So yes, I need HOPE to believe things can be better. And then I have to do something about it. That's why Barack ends his speeches by saying "Let's go change the world." It's a call to action.

    January 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Robin Wagner from ct

    As far as Obama supporting our troops , My son that is Iraq with money much need to keep them safe , Is nothing wrong with that , Oh yes this Hillary crying Jig . She did no crying when to voted for this war . OK .
    Clinton's when they waggle that finger watch out it surely a lie .

    January 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Al, Los Angeles, CA

    It's funny, but most of the comments by Hillary supporters is the reason Hillary lost the Kennedy endorsement.

    He asked Bill to tone it down for the good of the party. The Kennedy's & Clintons were strong allies.

    Bill would not.

    This is the result.

    Sunday, Obama had a chance to twist Bill's "Jesse Jackson" comment, but didn't.

    If Hillary had gotten this endorsement, it would have been huge.

    Obama getting it, kills her only claim of superiority "experience".

    Haters keep hating. But change is coming.

    January 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    For Clinton supporters:

    Anytime the CNN airs anything that's not positive about the Clintons, they are called the anti-Clinton network.

    Anytime Obama voices a complaint or concern, you call him a whiner.

    Anytime a black person supports Obama, you call them racist.

    Anytime someone endorses Obama, you say it doesn't matter.

    Obama and his supporters aren't perfect, but please take a step back and look at what you are saying. It's very polarizing and disrespectful.

    January 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. pd

    Man, that was a close one for Hillary!! Thank goodness she did not Teddy Kennedy's endorsement. I could hear the right wing or Obama supporter having a field day. It is amazing how many of the wannabe Presidents (Kerry and Teddy) have come out supporting Obama. Hillary actually has a former President (yes, one who got elected) supporting her. Hmmm, I wonder who I would rather have on my side. Good luck Obama supporters, you get the nomination, the Republicans win! Hillary 08 While Obama says "yes we can," Hillary says "yes we will!"

    PS If he is such a uniter, why did he campaign last year with the gay-basher Donnie McClurkin?

    January 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Robin Wagner from ct

    Everyone know's Bill Clinton did start the race card . All I'm going to say about that . I'm a white female over 30 years old that will vote for Barack . This must change , Bush , Clinton , Bush area. OVER ......

    January 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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