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. G.Trindade

    Even tough I have a deep respect for the Kennedy family ,I feel that Senator Kennedy's endorsement for the impressive figure of the moment such as Obama,and his praises of this candidate by using labors such as" inpirational charater" or the like do little to convince people who are strugling with a failling economy.People who are strugling to solve bread and butter problems, and having dificulty to keep a roof over their heads cannot be filled up by the new inspirational world s of a impressive leader. This they can find in any self -help book. What they need is a president male or female abble to generate strong economic plans that offers real chance for work, not only for the beautiful and the best but also for the average person in need for survival and to feel dignified as human beings . I believe that Hillary is best qualified to work harder for to get people working instead of being inspired!

    January 29, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Patrice Jacques


    America has been divided long enough! We need someone who will not be tied to the old pathways but can embrace the new. Senator Obama represents new ideas, insight and leadership. Our next generation are looking ahead and it is time that we realize that CHANGE is inevitable ready or not. No disrespect but Senator Clinton has too many ties to the Clinton years. AND I'AM A WOMEN!

    January 29, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. charlotte

    Dave, it would have been the kiss of death if it had been for Hillary. The scandals involving Teddy would have been compared to Bills tryst. The Ophamas' supporters are most likely too young to remember Teds' history. I've always wondered why you can vote and serve your country at 18, but must be 21 to choose whether or not to drink?

    January 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. jp/michigan

    CNN is bias. They too are suck in by Obamas poor me, the Clintons picked on me . I hope Kennedy's endorsement does not come back to haunt him, when the real Obama comes out . He does carry a lot of excess baggage ( Rezko.)

    January 29, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. AC

    If for years and years blacks could vote for whites, why all of a sudden some whites have a problem supporting Obama? I think it was awful that the former president made those negitive remarks about Obama.

    Thank you Kennedy's for steeping up to the plate and supporting CHANGE! GO Obama

    January 29, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. AC

    Will not be voting for Hillary if she wins. The true person came out of her, and I am a life-long Democrat with scores of other Democrats and Independents who feel the same way.

    People support who they want, and the attacks on the Kennedy's are shameful. The Democrats need the vote of the Black community. By the way, former President Clinton was not the first black president, he's white, and we (Blacks) supported him.

    January 29, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Rebeka from queens

    Obama for Hollywood and Hillay for the White house!

    January 29, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. ted

    If you look at Ted's record, anybody he endorsed for President never won.

    This can only help the REP's.

    January 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. ted

    If you look at Ted's record, anybody he endorsed for President never won, even himself...

    This can only help the REP's.

    January 29, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Dre Atlanta

    When I seen on tv that Kennedy endorse Obama tears came running down my face because I felt something in the air that American is looking for change I seen old and young, black and white chanting yes we can, I really believe Obama could bring American together and also the Kennedy, I never seen Caroline Kennedy on tv endorsen any president it was great to see Obama smiling again. I'm going to vote for Obama whoever win demoncrate nominee I will support them.

    January 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Robin Roberts

    i find it amusing that a great deal of feedback i read here talks about how Clinton should be elected because she's a woman and if you're for Obama then you're somehow discriminating, if you spun that around how would that look "you just don't want Obama because you don't want a black president" or " we need a black president to fix what all these white people have been screwing up for years" sounds ridiculous doesn't it, because it is give it a rest on the sexist remarks, if you want to talk about something how about the issue's where they stand and what they have done

    January 29, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. mark

    When Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he said he wished to get things done rather than grab headlines, and cited Hillary Clinton as the sort of workhorse he wanted to be.

    -TIME Magazine

    Guess that's another two thing he has not lived up to.

    I work in advertising and the Obama campaign is a clear branding effort. Shiny packaging to grab the eye. Style over substance. Given another 4-8 years there might be something wothwhile in that package, but now we may never know.

    January 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Emily, DC

    There is one thing I am confused about. On one hand, Obama supporters constantly criticize the fact that we might have a Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton legacy and that it is time for fresh blood in the white house. American politics should not become a dynasty. Though I support Clinton, I do so this as a fair point. Yet at the same time, Senator Kennedy's endorsement is touted as a huge plus. The Kennedy family is one of the historically one of the most powerful political families. So why on one hand, is Obama criticizing what could be a Bush/Clinton dynasty, and at the same time, touting the endorsement of three members of the Kennedy family (and if the fact that there are three powerful members of one family all right there doesn't prove a dynasty, then what does?) It just seems slightly hypocritical. Either be the new face of change or dont.

    January 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Great White North

    Will Kennedy's endorsment help Obama? Hard to say. While Kennedy has a large base of support from Hispanics, unions and other groups, I don't know if it will be enough to propel Obama over the top in states like California and New York. As much as I want to see Obama lay the boots to Hillary on Super Tuesday, the latest polls are showing Hillary in the lead in states like California. Of course polls showed her in the lead in Iowa and South Carolina and Obama won them. However, I fear that there is too much work for Obama to do for Super Tuesday and not enough time to do it. The Clintons have a strong support network in the larger states and I am disgusted to admit that race will play a factor on Super Tuesday. I hope I am wrong, but, unless some dramatic shift in public opinion occurres this week, the Clintons will take the lead in the democratic race on Super Tuesday. Bill Clinton's network of support across the country is the reason Hillary has done as well as she has. Without Bill, Hillary would be nothing and she knows it. It is why she tollerated Bill's marital flings. Hillary's thirst for power meant more to her than her marriage or self respect did. For a potential first female president, Hillary is a disapointment. She is a true example of what is wrong in Washington these days.

    People deserve the government they elect. If Bill and Hillary get the white house America deserves more of the same old politics. I think Senator Kennedy understands this and it is why he endorsed Obama.

    January 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Robert

    The liberal wing of the Democratic Party is determined to lose another Presidential election. The ONLY Democrat to win the White House in the last 30 years is Clinton. I'm supporting Hillary because she is the most qualified running from either party and she knows how to win an election.

    January 29, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. d

    I smell an old fart 'in the air'

    January 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. dee

    Hillary Pimping the Vote again.

    She never thanked SC 130,000 for voting for her.

    Face the music, Hillary and machine may have split the party

    We may have to face a major defecto of many to another party as happened to the GOP in 1960.

    if she is nominated,

    Change is needed Fast

    Howard Dean, need to be replaced

    January 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Joseph

    Even though I'm a rich republican , I'm voting for OBAMA...because it's the right thing to do for our nation...I'm not going to tell you to vote for OBAMA at this key moment....but imagine how good you will feel when you put your self interest aside and act like a real republicans and take a stand for your now...

    January 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Thomas, atlanta

    Hey dre... you're brain damaged. If you're serious, then you need to get a hold of yourself.

    Obama isn't going to bring anyone together, he's just going to drive them apart.
    He used to be a civil rights lawyer, and if he is president the only people that will get a fair share will be black and black and young and old and black and chanting "give us more". Kennedy has lost his mind, John is rollin in his grave.

    January 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Cliff Baker, Arlington TX

    I bet that the young voters don't know Ted Kennedy "accident" at Chappaquiddick.

    I recalled the Chappaquiddick's accident destroyed Ted Kenedy's presidential dream. The national voters said NO to Ted Kennedy presidential ambition, and will again soundly say NO Ted Kennedy endorsement of Obama once they remember or learn of Ted Kennedy's "accident" at Chappaquiddick.

    For young voters and those who don't know Ted Kennedy "accident" at Chappaquiddick, do Yahoo or Google search for Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick key words.

    For the record, this post is from an ordinary voter and is NOT from the Republican extremists or the Clintons.

    January 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Pete

    There's a change in the air alright – a breath of fresh air!!!!

    Vote Romney '08

    January 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. rame

    I do not understand why the media is so biased. It is very obvious that Hilary is a far better candidate than Obama. If Obama was present as a senator for the Iraq war vote, he probably would have voted 'present'. He needs to prove by actions that he is capable of becoming a good president rather than bad mouthing Clinton. Clinton had shown us that he is one of most successful American president ever. Everyone should stop believing these inspirational speeches blindly and look for actions. Hilary has worked for public service for many more years than Obama. Let us give her a chance, instead of listening to the media who hate Clintons. It is our time to think carefully and act. Let us not get biased because we are white or black, male or female. Please judge all the candidates in the same manner and listen to what your heart says.

    January 29, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. RCD WA

    It's true Ted Kennedy is an old establishment politician, but it's good to see that one of his kind is endorsing a change candidate.

    January 29, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Taylor

    It's interesting that the children of Bobby Kennedy, who according to a news item, "stood besode Cesar Chavez" are endorsing Hillary.

    Miami Herald quote
    "But now that nearly half the nation will vote on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5 - including California, New York and New Jersey - Obama is more aggressively courting the Hispanic vote. He has taken up a îîYes We Can" motto that, translated into Spanish, echoes California migrant labor leader Cesar Chavez, who stood beside Bobby Kennedy. Kennedy's brother, Sen. Ted Kennedy, just endorsed Obama."

    January 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Taylor

    typo-beside not besode

    January 29, 2008 4:22 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It's interesting that the children of Bobby Kennedy, who according to a news item, "stood beside Cesar Chavez" are endorsing Hillary.

    Miami Herald quote
    "But now that nearly half the nation will vote on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5 — including California, New York and New Jersey — Obama is more aggressively courting the Hispanic vote. He has taken up a îîYes We Can" motto that, translated into Spanish, echoes California migrant labor leader Cesar Chavez, who stood beside Bobby Kennedy. Kennedy's brother, Sen. Ted Kennedy, just endorsed Obama."

    January 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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