January 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama

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(CNN) - In a decision she attributes to "patriotic, political and personal" reasons, former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy is endorsing Barack Obama for president.

In an op-ed in Sunday's New York Times published on the paper's Web site Saturday night, titled "A President Like My Father," Kennedy writes: "It isn't that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960....

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."

Caroline Kennedy's uncle, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, has not yet endorsed a candidate in the Democratic presidential race. Her cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

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soundoff (1,111 Responses)
  1. RGV for Hillary

    Why are people falling for Obama? He is just talk and no action. All he is saying is how to unite America and we need to have hope. How is uniting America going to help us? Obama never talks about his experience because he doesn't have any. Are Americans that gullible? Have you noticed that he never says the word “experience”? He is just a preacher and nothing more. America needs to see that Hillary has the experience needed to run this nation.

    January 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Jdd

    I couldn't agree anymore with Caroline Kennedy - it's been so long that we've had a candidate to be so inspiring....one who seems to be so real, a good an honest person.

    January 28, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Bob

    I don't believe the endorsements of the Kennedy Family will help any Candidate at this time. Ted Kennedy brings a lot of baggage and is of the old extreme left, Most modern Democrats , including JFK, and most Americans are far more to the center. We have to give credit to what Bill Clinton accomplished. His behavour during this campaign has been questionable. but his policies were moderate, which is why he was elected and re-elected. That is where America is not Left or Right.


    January 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. SAM-VT

    I think it's a bit premature for these high-profile endorsements. What is the purpose? Is it to inject influence on the American people's decision making? Isn't it enough that we have the bias of the media trying to tell us how to vote? All these endorsers have egg on their faces when the dirty laundry starts to fly! Let the games begin!

    January 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Louis

    I applaud you Caroline and Ted for making the right choice. It's time for change in this country. Time for us to work collectively together because as one we achieve great things, but as individuals we achieve little.

    Barack I applaud you for such a positive and uplifting campaign. Keep up the great work.

    To the negative posters maybe Hillary is NOT the right WOMEN candidate. Time after time she has had an opportunity to shine, but all she is able to do is WHINE.

    She lacks political experience and seems to DEPEND way too heavily on her husband in the campaign. We all know she rode his coattails to get into Senate and now wants to claim years of political experience. Several of you so-called democrats seem to think she is guarenteed to win the election. All I have to say is look at this campaign against Barack, and now imagine what the Republicans will do to her. Hillary is not like by half of White women and more White men. And, now African Americans carry negative feelings towards the Clintons as well. This spells LOSING a CAMPAIGN big time.

    Also, If she is truely a strong and independent leader have you husband fade into the woodwork and run the campaign on your own shoulders. That is what a STRONG women/candidate is capable of doing.

    And, for one poster about how women have to work harder the same applies to minorities. But, the funny thing is: You never hear Barack crying about lost opportunities. He is only working to sieze the moment. That is a true leader.

    January 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Pam, Tennessee

    Sherry, I know how you feel about wanting a female as President. I would love to see a female President. But we women should not vote for Hilary just because she's a woman. Yes, she has some experience and she is capable. But it's what she's capable of that I fear. Hilary rubs people the wrong way. She uses underhanded tactics to get her way. She's power hungry. And she's a fake. If she was elected as a democrate, she would not win and if she did win–heaven help us all. I don't think she would be as bad as Bush, but after eight years of Bush–we as a country need someone that is totally different than the old status quo. We need someone that works well with others and yet will fight for us average citizens. We need someone who can inspire us. Hilary doesn't have it to do that. If anything, she'd be too busy telling us why this and that can't be done. We need another JFKennedy and I think Caroline Kennedy is correct–Obama is the most likely canidate to fill that role. Obama offers us hope and change. Hilary offers only more of the same.

    January 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. mgs

    It all about a woman in power and Barack is no JKF.

    January 29, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. Dee

    To Breeze: You are right about JFK, Jr. walking into the White House if he were alive. And guess what? He would have taken Barack Obama right along with him.
    Hummmmm! That sounds good, maybe Caroline will be the first female VP? Better than the Hillary choice.

    January 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. ethel

    i want to be live to coming back to the blog when the almight BARRACK OBAMA get ate up alive what you think you dont have now you realy want have nothingwith him i cannot believe you poeple that you thinking he can change the world please people this man is not the one iknow some of you believe in the bible an i sure you know GOD had what we need why can you not see he is a joke just because the hate for the clintonseen like to me you want to take your dying child to the carwash an not the doc people this ilive every one is not going to like everyone we need a president not a speach writer

    January 30, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  10. Norris Jamison

    Carolyn How shameful to compare your Father to Obama.

    January 30, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. una dorsey

    Your father is no longer with us. Your mother was a pillar of strength.

    February 5, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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