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. Ruth Ann

    Hillary I'm sorry sweetie, but I think I'm abandoning your ship. You have really begun to make us (women) look weak.

    Obama (or Edwards) in '08

    January 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Angel Valenzuela

    What is going to happen if Al gore Endorse's Obama ?? Then do you have a Former Colleague with whom you served saying in a Nice way I dont trust you ? hmmmmm

    January 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Marie

    Obviously Ted Kennedy has endorsed Senator Obama because he feels more Democrats will vote and ultimately it will lead to a Democratic victory in November. Thanks to the media who is constantly bashing Hillary, that it has come to this. I believe that Senator Kennedy would have endorsed Hillary had the media not criticized her every move.

    I am disgusted by the unfairness towards Hillary. She has to work much harder than any male candidate to get her message out. All the while Obama sits back and has support and decent press coverage. His votes have been given to him, I for one an still waiting for Senator Obama to be drilled with questions cencerning his issues that have gone unanswered.

    January 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Jether J.

    Obama '08! And this is coming from a registered Republican who's thinking of switching over 🙂

    January 28, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Frank, San Diego

    This is the guy whose political acumen led him to derail Jimmy Carter in 1980. Why should Democrats listen to him now. Only Ralph Nader has done us more harm.

    January 28, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. pmac

    Change? Obama will support 49 Nuke plants GE has planned for the near future.
    Nevada does not want the spent fuel to go to Yucca Mountain. Wahington definitely doen not want it to go to Hanford. Anybody out there want it in their state?
    Oh Yeah, by the way it is TRUCKED to whatever site is determined. So it just might go throuch your home town, and you won't know a thing about it. UNLESS
    there is an accident – – -OH WELL go find a new home town, if you aren't radiated.
    Change? How 'bout solar, wind, geothermal, wave power- – -all renewable with no
    waste. Will one of you Obama supporters ask him about that?
    John Edward supports this change – -but he don't get the Pub. You may try listing to him and his ideas. He has fought and won against corporate interests. Think
    the oil companies have record profits. I'll bet Edwards can probably help out and
    divert some of those profits to health card. Get the stars out your eyes people,
    Obama & Clinton are fine people but Edwards will be a fine president.

    January 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. joe

    Kennedy is such a looser he could not beat Jimmy Cater. He also endorsed John Kerry and look what happened.

    January 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Gee

    Looks like Ted Kennedy's time is over. Will be spiraling down hill all the way from this point on. Who cares what Caroline thinks?

    January 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Kiziton

    We congratulate Ted for his endorsement to Obama..... This, it is time for Obama.

    January 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. lochukung

    Obama is the best undercover politician/opportunist of all time.he has been extremely successful in playing into the utter disappointment and disillusionment of the public psyche after 7 years of ruinous malefeasance. he managed to polish his academic credentials, which are being touted to buffer his candidacy and credibility, and wrote a couple of inspiring books before paving his road onto politics (of course with the help of contributors of all kinds including but to limited to the kind like Tony Resko who supported him from day one in his debut in Chicago politics). His oratory skills has enabled him to capture imagination a great many. But, is leadership just about arousing messages and slogans? perhaps the Bush 7 years have marred people's good judgement capability.
    Of all the talks and talks, what type of leadership he has shown through his 2 short years in national politics? we have yet to find out more about this candidate as a person not to mention hand him the presidency of this country. such a rush to judgement is tantamount to giving the key of your door and your safe to a nice boy who just moved to your next door.

    January 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Doesn't Matter

    Since when youll start talking about politics, once again thanks to Obama who druged you all in to political junkies.

    January 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Nando, Florida

    YES we CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is NOT ABOUT THE PAST BUT THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Greg

    All people should become Independent voters. We need a leader like Lou Dobbs.

    January 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. d

    A racial comment made by Obama..... ....

    Obama uses race when it's to his advantage, i.e., "Tell Pookie and Ray-Ray to vote for me."

    January 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. me

    Kennedy's poor timing, or is it Obama perfect timing? When Obama's political patron Rezko is arrested for lying about his money connections, having his bail revoked and put in jail, Obama is herding around the Kennedy's! What will come out in a week of Rezko sitting in jail and he begins to sing? Will the Prophet be exposed as a self-PROFIT?

    January 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. roger, conway sc

    If the citizens of MA. decide they want a change Kerry & Kennedy will both be up the creek....This would be hilarious even funnier if Obama does not become president...only in America

    January 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. mishte

    Hilarity Clinton has insulted every single one of us, regardless of age, race or gender by forcing us to focus on her crude politics rather than her credibility as a leader.

    All you have to do is look at her actions throughout this campaign (as well as her questionable "experience", if you wish) to know that she cannot, will not and should not have any part of being entrusted with the decisions and future of this nation.

    January 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Change is imminent and those of us who cannot recognize this are truly lost souls. One would only need to look at who, what and where are oil and financial resources are coming from. These resources are coming from those countries where people don't look or talk like you or I but yet we are all dependent upon them. Generations of divides in this country have not served us well and we are all responsible. That's why it's our responsibility to start thinking outside the box and make a change.

    January 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Senkump

    All the supporters of Clinton are actually envy of Obama's success. They are frustrated with their leader Hillary Clinton couldn't manage to win Kennedy's endrosement. Caution Clinton supporters you are in a party of no hopes and don't waste you vote for not worthy person. Join the hope, Obama 08.

    January 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Dawn

    I cried thinking of the American pioneers who prayed and believed in our nation and our democratic system and did not live to see this evolving historical moment. From Senator John Kennedy helping Obama's father get his education in our country to his grand children being encouragers to their mother to actively support Obama- what a moment we witnessed.
    One from our royal family interrupted her usual political barrier of silence and penned her endorsement to such an innovative Senator. Then to watch Caroline Kennedy repeat her words and feel the love for her. Then even by distance the American Torch Carrier and the well known Political Centerpiece, Senator Edward Kennedy, with his son , Congressman Kennedy, standing with them and so eloquently endorsing Senator Obama reactively the tears fell for all those who believed "A Change Is Going to Come".
    Now we believe like he Five Stairsteps "Ooh, Child (Things Are Gonna Get Easier)".

    January 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Evelyn Mills

    Senator Kennedy has been pushing for amnesty for the illegals in America forever.remember his outrage when the amnesty bill failed," Some landscaper won.t be able to come to America."
    Since Obama marched with the illegals when they stated today we march tomorrow we vote and told them they would become citizens if he were elected.
    We did to rethink putting Obama in the the Whitehouse.America is having enough problems with the illegals .We do not need to open the Southern Border for more uneducated,unskilled labor.
    Perhaps it is time for Senator Kennedy to retire ,he has been there far too long

    January 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Greg

    Obama thinks Kennedys endorsement is a good thing? Jokes on him. Might as well be Bush giving the thumbs up.

    January 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. angelina_ MN

    the wonderful thing is that in America (the US ) we can talk freely and this forum is that.
    Senator Obama is inspiring people from all paths of walk to work together, that is something not one of the running candidates can do or has ever done. I encourage you to listen to just one of his speeches for a few minutes. This is not politics as we know it and that is perhaps (i dont mean to insult anyone) why people are still supporting Billary, because it is hard do change, to accept different ways.......... however, CHANGE is in its way, it is long due, our children deserve it, children of all AMericans deserve it.

    The whole world, _ and I mean that_ is watching and the people and leaders around the world agree this is the chance for America to restore the country not just internally but everywhere. Senator Obama is that change...............

    GO OBAMA 08.

    January 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Jack

    Obama, was not in the US Senate, during Hillary voted. How can any one say which way he would have voted. Also, Ted, ran for President and lost. Bill ran and won. Lets, be fair and put all fo the plates on the table.

    January 28, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. What is about

    A 75 years old told a 46 years old that the 60 years old is too old

    January 28, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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