January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
7 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. Cindy, Calfiornia

    The Kennedy's are hypocrites; what a despicable act to compare Obama to his own brother JFK. Goes to show you what kind of people the Kennedy's are-they'd do anything to steal the attention away from a possible collapse of their political dynasty. It's based on pure jealousy and not wanting to give up the politcal throne to the Clintons.

    January 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. ahna

    Oops! I meant Kennedy!!

    January 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Margaret D

    endorsments help but they are not important as EXPERIENCE !!

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. George from Minneapolis

    Its a new day in America. We are going to change the world for the better. If any on you want to keep doing things the same way and keep things the way they are you had better get out of the way or you will get ran over.

    Thank God for courageous people with vision like Carolyn and Ted Kennedy, and the many people of good will and common sense who support Obama.

    The past is gone, its about the future and the future is Barack Obama as President of the United States. Get on the bus or get left behind.

    God is blessing America

    Great time to be alive

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Tara

    All I can say is YES YES YES... I love the Kennedys and I love Obama. And truth be told I love John edward tooo. I would be Happy if Obama or John got the nominations.. Just not Hillary. She could not and probally would not unite this country. She sits in the back pocket of the lobbyist even though she speaks out against them. When she does speak out its with a "wink wink" and "nod nod" to the big lobbyists and cooperations. They don't give her any trouble for all the crap she talks about bringing down the lobbyist because they know its all talk to get elected. And Yes I am a women and I am pro women, just not her!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. John

    Senator Obama is picking up a string of A-list endorsements.

    Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius is expected to endorse Obama tomorrow. Kathleen won two terms in a red state. She grew up in the battleground of Ohio where her father, John Gilligan, was also a governor.

    A string of prominent newspapers has gone with Obama as well, such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Dallas Morning News.

    I'm just waiting for Clinton supporters to make fun of Gov. Sebelius's outfit or hair or something like that :)

    I hope the Clinton camp keeps talking, 'cause it appears to be helping their opposition.

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Your Daddy

    Yes, it's that hot air eminating from your... mouth.

    A little trivia: a lessor known provision of the draft Kyoto Protocol targeted greenhouse gases orginating specifically from the Kennedy family. As it turned out, it was dropped from the final document, politically it was just a bridge too far. Maybe the next generation will tackle this issue.

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. George Jordan, PEI, Canada

    It's a big thing for the Kennedy's to endorse Barack Obama in his bid for President of the United States, and I believe they have made the proper choice.

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Cindy, Calfiornia

    The Kennedy's are hypocrites; what a despicable act to compare Obama to his own brother JFK. Goes to show you what kind of people the Kennedy's are-they'd do anything to steal the attention away from a possible collapse of their political dynasty. It's based on pure jealousy and not wanting to give up the politcal throne to the Clintons.

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Christian, Tampa FL

    Ted Kennedy slapped the Clintons so hard. It was awesome.

    My favorite part was where he said "Barack Obama will be ready to be President on DAY ONE." That's been Hillary's line ever since Obama started giving her a run for her money.

    January 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Julie

    I don't understand how Obama is similar to JFK. When JFK ran for President, he was a decorated war hero and he had served 14 years in the US Congress. Obama has only served 2 years in the Congress and while he spent 10 years in a state legislature, it was a part time job, not full time. JFK is also remembered for combatting seperate but equal policies- Obama supports seperate but equal when it comes to gay marriage. JFK also supported the development of NASA and space exploration; Obama is planning on taking money away from this program, oddly enough, so that he can pay for his education program.

    January 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. nick

    I admire what Ted Kennedy did. Standing for what is right is not easy especially when you have ties with the Clintons. there is undeniable wave that Obama is the candidate that represent change and hope. Besides if he is indeed confirmed as the democratic nominee he has a competitive advantage over the republicans. the divisive and often polarizing effect that comes with the Clintons is an energizing force for the republicans to rally around their candidate, same cannot be said of Obama.
    I hope Hillary was in Florida shopping for a retirement home, she needs it!!!!

    January 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. NEW YORK

    THIS BIG IF HILLARY HAD GOTTEN THE SUPPORT OH MY ,YOU GUYS WOULDN'T HEAR THE LAST OF IT, BUT THIS IS BIG SO GIVE PROPS WHERE IT IS DO .WAY TO OBAMA

    January 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. A Woman, a boomer and an Obama supporter

    Anyone who watched those speeches and says that Barack Obama does not represent all of America is looking through old, cynical eyes.

    Anyone who listened to those words and didn't hear hope and possibility is hearing through petty, disillusioned ears.

    This election is not about division it is about generational change!! Be heard at the polls! Stand up! It is your turn! Seize the moment!

    January 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Ryan-O'Neil

    JFK's daughter, now Teddy, those Kennedys are loving Barack. This is big, maybe the fact that well established Democrat with "experience" endorsing Obama will finally silence those who talk about his "lack of experience". Read his book, thats enough experience for me.

    January 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. NEW YORK

    THIS BIG IF HILLARY HAD GOTTEN THE SUPPORT OH MY ,YOU GUYS WOULDN'T HEAR THE LAST OF IT, BUT THIS IS BIG SO GIVE PROPS WHERE IT IS DO .WAY TO GO OBAMA

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Karl

    Wow, a blowhard supporting a blowhard. That's change for you. At least they are giving up on the unity commercial.

    Who does the media love? It's stockholders.

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. TRUTH

    This is great! Americans are finally waking up. The Clintons are both liars and deceivers. The fact that Mrs. Clinton stayed with a man who disrespected her in front the whole world shows that here sense of right and wrong is distorted.

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. James L

    When endorsements become political. ... the come with a price. ... first Jesse Jackson. ... then Kerry. ... and now Ted Kennedy. ... Has a strong liberal "special interest feel to it to me. ... I thought Obama was about Change. ... Don't know if I would be real happy about getting these endorsements. ...

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Tim

    Interesting that Ted Kennedy waited to see who the likely winner will be before giving an endorsement. If he had any real convictions, he would have endorsed someone much earlier instead of waiting to see which winning bandwagon to get on.

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Nick Ann Arbor, MI

    "Obama is ready to be president on Day One."

    Coming from THE most experienced senator, I think it's safe to say the issue of experience is OVER.

    So long Billary.

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. George Wu, A.I.A.

    CHANGE number one is that no one would promise:
    To bring the troops home within 16 months. He would do it because he did not want to invade Iraq before any one changed the mind when the war in Iraq was not convincing, especially not winning! And Obama has no obligation to Israel! dancewu(dot)net

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Seam, Philly PA

    Don't hate the player, hate the game.

    Obama 08.

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. VJ Atlanta GA

    Jessica, you are taking about Ted Kennedy being "old school". Whats is Hillary? Is she not old school with her "very old school" husband Bill? Listening to Bill Clinton, it feels like he is running his own campaign and thats what the motive feels like to me. Bill Clinton will get another term as proxy president while Hillary is the puppet.

    January 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Oh! The Irony

    Jessica–

    Following your logic, I guess that means I should vote for Obama just because he's Black? That would be a change right? Just like having a woman in office would be a change–right? I said this in '06 and it still remains true...I will vote for who I feel is the best candidate regardless of race or gender.

    Obama '08

    January 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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