January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
6 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. Karl

    Jon Favreau in an interview discussing writing Obama's speeches.....

    . "The first line was simply, 'They said this day would never come'," says Favreau. "Even when we do speeches to African-American crowds, it's hinted at and it's understood. It's not hammered over the head."

    Sensing the hype, Favreau catches himself quickly. "I looked at the Edwards people in 2004 and thought they were such Kool-Aid drinkers. Now I'm one of them myself."

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Lawrence in GA

    People Stop hating and come together behind Obama 08.

    If you look deep within your souls you will see that he is the Best Candidate ...get past the race...within yourself.

    FIRED UP! READY TO VOTE!
    Obama 08

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. marci

    now we are talking, give me a break. who cares if the kennedy's endorses obama
    talk about change, what change it is almost like obama has to pull all these old school politicians out to demonstrate he can lead well i have got news for you my dear, HILLARY IS STRONG ENOUGH AND DOES NOT NEED ANYONE HOLDING HER HANDS, THE WHITE HOUSE AMERICA IS NOT A PLACE TO TRAIN A LEADER ON HOE TO LEAD. HE IS TOO NAIVE TO WEATHER THE STORM OF THE WOLRD(remember we are voting for the leader of the strongest country in the world not a small town )
    We must realize what is at stake here and make the right choice for that person who is ready to lead on day ONE
    Hillary has demonstrated in all her many years in public life that she can lead
    she is tested, proven and able to lead our great nation.
    COTE YOUR CONCIENCE AMERICA AND IT WILL LEAD YOU TO HILLARY. TOO MUCH IS AT STAKE. THIS IS ALL NONSENCE.
    oBAMA MUST ADDRESS THE CONCERNS OF OUR GREAT NATION AND STOP ALL THE HOT SPEECHES. WE NEED A LEADER NOT A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. THANK YOU. I WILL VOTE FOR HILLARY AND TO ME THAT IS REAL CHANGE.

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. A. Harrison

    Funny how the last lines of this story has not made great headlines as the Obama endorsements.

    Why do we have the will and intent to be mean to the candidate we know who is most capable of bringing words to action?

    Hillary 2008.

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Rob

    Looks like there's ALOT of bitter "Hillary" females in here. Funny how that 'sore loser' attitude is reflected in your candidate. Its about CHARACTER, remember?

    And what's even stranger is I see more republicans willing to support Obama than so-called 'tolerant' democrats.

    Pathetic and sad. The world is watching this hypocrisy and dysfunction.

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Diesel

    For all you Billary supporters: can somebody tell me what Hillary has done during the so called "30 years of experience". Anybody who thinks we will be better off with a 63 year old dirty politician is crazy.
    This country needs a dramatical change in every sense. The only person who can make it happen is BARACK OBAMA!!!
    If he doesn't get the nomination, I'll vote republican for the first time ever.

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Niko

    Hope more support comes around in time for Super Tues. Hill/Bill still lead in the big states. Keep working and delivering your message, Obama supporters! The country needs it. 8 more years of polarity, bickering & deception will set this nation back just as the last 8 have.

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Karen

    I don't care what any of you say - I don't care who you support - I don't care how many different ways you try to skew the facts or make the truth your truth. It's exhilarating to be excited and proud of a candidate again. I want to be excited and proud of my President. I want to be hopeful about our future again. I want to believe, once again, that our country is the greatest on Earth. Yes! We can!

    I'm voting for Obama.

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Jenny Beagle

    Hillary Clinton and her mean spirited supporters will say and do anything to get attention. This is huge. Congratulations to OBAMA. Hillary has MISSED AND NOT VOTED for more votes on the Senate floor than most other Senators. She has been known and readily admited signing and voting for legislation she "did not read" or didn't understand. Which is worst? You be the judge. We have yet to see antone from the OBAMA camp marginalize or belittle any of Hillary's endorsers. Give us all a break and stick to your message.....whatever that is....it starts with a H right? .....HHHHHHHATE!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Bingo Queen

    It's very frustrating that CNN only posts certain comments.

    Everyone's comments should be posted, don't play favorites.

    Hillary Clinton 08

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Jen

    Ted Kennedy is a looser. He supported Kerry and both of them lost a very easy election to Bush.

    Go Hillary!

    January 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. JA, BROOKLYN, NY

    The CLINTOS supporters are out dated, and just like her and yawnnnn! Time to turn the PAGE, look out AMERICA, it's OBAMA!

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Capt. Morgan

    Once or twice a generation the opprotunity for a change in direction comes along. I lived through the sixties and watched as the best we had to offer, JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were felled before the real fruit of their lives could unfold. I feel we have that rare opprotunity again and I pray that this time we can affect a real change of direction in this country while there is still time.

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Chrissy, TX

    Where's the change? I thought he wasn't old washington politics, he was going to change things in washington and look to the future? Aren't we in 2008 or are we in the 1960's? What a joke.....I bet if Ted Kennedy had endorsed Hillary the whole media and Clinton haters would be dragging her through the mud already. What a bunch of hipocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Including Obama!!!! Lost my respect!
    GO HILLARY..........................................................................................

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. concerned

    Who really cares what Senator Kennedy has to say – he is definitely old politics. Look at his past dealings. What has he been able to do for the democrats the last seven years?

    Obama has a great speaking quality but what about the experience needed to change our country. All we hear is how his wife grew up and how she made good in the world (heard it over and over again) and they want to give the poor a chance to do well – what do they think Hilliary wants.

    Please – good speaker but reallly

    Are you democrats ready to settle for this.

    Hilliary you can beat the biased media and Obama.

    EXPERIE NCE – go Hilliary

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. AG

    Listen Up People,

    The Big Dog has spoken.

    Obama08

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. charlotte

    Ted Kennedy, the one Kennedy with so much shame to the Kennedy name. The OLD GUARD vs Future, do we want to go back to Camelot? Why did Ted never run for President? Talk about Bill like he was a dog for an affair. Then attempt to elevate Teddy to some kind of pedestal. If he is the nominee I will vote for him, because a republican would be worse. He is and never will be another JFK. Now we will hear about his mother because she is white and so is most of the rest of the country.

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Deloris Rozier

    Change is in the universe. Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward Kennedys' endorsement of Senator Obama for President of the United States reminds all of us that the future is a dream and the past is a set of memories.

    Senator Obama represents all that we dream and hope for future generations. As a fifty-nine year old woman this campaign- this moment is one that I have worked towards all of my life.

    Senator Obama you have my support. It is time for Change.

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Carolynn

    Why did Senator Kennedy wait until now to endorse Obama? A large portion of the peope slated to vote on Feb. 5th have already voted, so this endorsement is not going to change a lot of people's minds. He is just running interference and damage control because Bill Clinton has done so much to alienate so many people over the last week or so. He wants all Democrats to make nice for the election in November. I've already voted for Hillary, but thanks for throwing us black folks a bone, Ted.

    January 28, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Brandon

    Everytime I read these comments after an artical, It makes me believe in God and that he must have favor with this nation. Why you ask??? Because It is safe to conclude that most of you are idiots and if you are the people voting Im surprised we have ever had a good President before.

    STOP voting for the same things over and over again and try someone new!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. James D.

    This is NOT just "another" endorsement....Ted Kennedy is getting on a plane to Ca. to CAMPAIGN for Obama. Mr. Kennedy is walking his talk!

    Congrats to Obama...you deserve this!

    And....maybe there *is* justice in the world...because... there isn't any doubt that part of this endorsement is due to Ted Kennedy being "appalled" by the dirty Clinton campaign. Integrity wins....at least...today.

    January 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Diesel

    The only reason Hillary still around is because she's married to Bill Clinton.
    I can't believe people vote by name recognition. This country doesn't need a third term for Bill Clinton.

    January 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Matt, Houston, TX

    Carol,

    Get a grip and get up to speed. The 'Present' votes issue has been thoroughly explored and found to be a red herring. His 'present' votes were about 3.8% of the votes he cast and there were specific reasons for voting that way – some at the direction of the Democrats in the legislature as a tactical move.

    ABAR – Anybody But Another Republican

    January 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Nadira

    All these endorses are good for nothing! American are free thinkers and it is clear that the men wants to keep woman down.
    Did the great kennedy's denounce the attack agains a woman candidate!

    January 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Joseph

    Please stop claiming that Obama just uses vague language with out a detailed plan for how he wants to get things done.

    The speeches that are shown on TV are meant to be vague and not full of the detail that you seem to want him to put in there. Go on to the web and do a bit of reasearch on the candidates and find out what their plans for changing the status quo are. I have, and I've made my decison out of all of the candidates, not just the democrats or republicans and that choice is not necessarily Obama, by the way.

    Those of you touting that Clinton has somehow laid out a detailed plan for change in her debate answers and stump speeches are flat out delusional. She is even more prone to vagueries and political speak than Mr. Obama is and she isn't even close to him in terms of inspiration and leadership.

    January 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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