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

Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama

 Caroline Kennedy has endorsed Barack Obama.

Caroline Kennedy has endorsed Barack Obama.

(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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  1. Jackie vs Michelle

    CAROLINE ! Just in case you are comparing both Obamas...LOL. .....

    MICHELLE OBAMA is the FURTHEST from your elegant, cultured mother Jackie, as any woman could ever be.

    MICHELLE OBAMA = An outspoken, uncouth, unstylish big mouth who LOOKS like Flip Wilson's GERALDINE – only much bigger !

    And Barack Obama is NO JFK !!!

    Caroline what is wrong with you ???

    January 26, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. Grace

    Thank you Caroline for adding your voice to the mix – the naysayers don't matter, what matters is that there are millions of us who support your sentiment.

    January 26, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. Full of Hope

    It is highly insulting to state that black people in SC were biased because the vote was a landslide for Obama. What would be a nonbiased showing? All the votes distributed equally? This is a primary and we as voters are charged with voting for who we think will be the best candidate for President of the United States. 22% of white people voted for him in SC too... Were they biased too? Is it a conspiracy? Clearly you are saying it is biased because Obama is part black.

    So were the white voters biased for only giving Obama 22%. The women? News flash... people who happen to have been born black may ACTUALLY believe Obama is the best candidate to move the country forward... along with people who happen to have been born white...

    January 26, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. So Sad

    How sad that the daughter of JFK has to feel that someone like Obama is inspiring, and even worse compare him to her father. What an insult to JFK! Obama can not touch JFK. She must really feel desperate for the Democratic party.......very sad indeed.

    January 26, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. Kate

    Hi, Jason - I'm a 55-year-old white female from SC. I thought that Obama was "no JFK", either - until I went to see him in person, two nights ago, in
    North Charleston. I remember the excitement surrounding JFK quite well, even though I was only 7 years old when he was elected. I remember his intelligence, and his charisma. I was utterly "taken" with Obama (to my great surprise).
    He is a humble man, I sensed no manipulation in him, no narcissism, no sociopathy (e.g., as in Bill Clinton). He is also brilliant, and an introvert. I sensed a "holiness" around him that I have personally never experienced in the presence
    of ANY politician before. I fully understand why Caroline Kennedy is supporting him. If you have a chance to see him in person, folks, I cannot recommend the experience highly enough. You will be moved.

    January 26, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. rabblerouser

    Caroline Kennedy hasn't done anything in life except live off the Kennedy name and legacy. So who cares if she endorses Obama. The New York Times endorsed Hillary – and quite frankly that's a better endorsement, since it's made up of intelligent, thoughtful, educated people who have some realistic knowledge of the workings of government and politics.

    Obama won in SC with 80% of the Black vote – and no one thinks this is about race?

    I heard one commentator (not on CNN) say that a lot of African Americans in SC felt that Bill Clinton disprespected Obama and that's why they voted for him. I also heard a commentator say that the people of SC took Hillary's remark that MLK's civil rights policy came about only because of a white man to be racist. However, that's not what she said. That's what the media has told people she said. That people voted against her based on a falsely reported statement jby a highly manipulative media just shows how dumb Americans really are.

    If Obama becomes president, no one will dare to disagree with him or criticize him – for fear of being called a racist. This is not a man who's going to unite this country, but divide it. I don't even think he sees this.

    January 26, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. kinsland

    CNN, You are as dirty as what you have accused of Clintons' campaign
    CNN was and has been playing race cards and it helped Ob win the Carolina election (81% of black votes, no difference between black men and women). More diversity can been seen in white votes (almost a split among the three). CNN asked Bill specifically for the race issue in ths campaign and forced him to answer this question then use his answer to accuse him as playing reverse race cards even he said it is nothing about race and gender.

    CNN is the one who is playing race cards. They defend Obama from every angle but attack Hillary all thorugh the broadcast. CNN.

    CNN as a media, you can endorse anyone you want but you should not lost the indepence, truth and rightous. You may get better attention by manipulating and twisting the fact, but you just disgust me and u are just a dirty camp machine support a politician (nothing new nothing inspirational).

    CNN, what is the role in this camp?

    January 26, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. Ex Democrat New York

    It is truly amazing and must add ,ignorant and bias for anyone to continue to call Obama African American when is mother is white . Anyway, enough of that nonsense. To all those who find time to inject skin color in this process, do the math. If America is voting base on race, and if they did so evenly , Sen. Obama would be a clear winner of the Presedency. After all he the only candidate whose is both black and white . May the best candidate for our country win.

    January 26, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Len

    Barak has never said that he is JFK,the media does. He is trying to bring this madly devisive country together and inspire all particularly young people to become involved in the political process and work together as a united country.The message of hope continues despite the critics.
    "yes we can!", "Yes we can!"
    Obama 2008

    January 26, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  10. Chile

    Yo soy Chileno nacido aqui en este pais, y es claro que los Clintons son los tipos de candidatos que dominan los paises de sur america. Robando el publico, tomando poder por su beneficio, con una falta de interes en ayudando el pubelo si no sus interes centran en crecer sus cuentas en el banco, sobre la espalda del pueblo. Son mentirosos quienes nunca ayudaran a el pueblo latino en el pasado y no van a hacer nada en el futuro. Tenemos que pintar este imagen verdadero al pueblo latino. Tenemos que parar este grupo de ladrones antes que destruyen el futuro de nuestro pueblo.

    January 26, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  11. AJ, IL

    Listen to all these Hillary-supporters and Obama-haters! Caroline Kennedy is the daughter of JFK. She knows more about what her father stood for than the rest of you dummies.

    Obama is an American. Plain and simple. All these titles of Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, Japenese-Americans, African-Americans and etc. are government designations for tracking the population. When you are a citizen of this great country you should be called an American. When a citizen of America goes overseas foreigners don't see Italian-American or African-American, they see American.

    I salute Caroline Kennedy for endorsing Obama. I believe many more Americans in the Democratic Party want to support Obama but they are fearful of strong support (almost death-grip) that the Clintons have over the party. Case in point, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) stripped delegates away from Michigan and Florida for moving their primaries up without permission. Hillary left her name on the Michigan ballot while all other candidates removed their names. Now Hillary is specifically targeting Florida in her campaign speeches, calling for Florida to have delegates at the Democratic convention. Hillary is essentially telling the DNC, it doesn't matter. She can change the party rules if she want to!

    January 26, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. Nicholas Duckworth

    Caroline Kennedy let me just say thank you for your support we welcome you into the movement:) Yes we can, yes we can. Imagine what we can do as a country undivided and working for the greater good of us all.

    Yes We Can

    Fired up and ready to go in CO

    Obama 08

    January 26, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  13. chuck mazurco

    It's not about voting for a woman or a black man, it's about voting for true change!!
    Lets not get caught up in this, we all see what happened the past 2 elections and where it got us, we need a fresh and new approach, Obama will give us this.

    January 26, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Leslie

    Oh like Caroline's endorsement should substitute our thinking for us! Gee I feel all nice warm and fuzzy!!!

    January 26, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  15. steve

    We had given Clinton the chance to have the white house for 8 years. What did he do when he was there? What did she do when she was there? When he was in office...Osama bomb out troops a few times...and he did NOTHING. He had a chance to kill him but he did not. She was sitting in the health care committee and it was in gridlock. She has a chance to do something but he cannot. Now she wants to give Congressional Health care to everyone....I doubt it. Bill wanted a chance when he first ran for president..and he claim we vote for one and get two. Now he have to give a chance to a Obama. He deserves it. He deserve to win and lead. If Obama cannot win 2008...he will win in 2012. His voter base will increase greatly because the over 65 years will decrease and the younger generation will increase many folds.

    January 26, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. Patrick

    Bobby Kennedy Jr. Endorsed CLINTON!

    CNN I have got to say your pro-Obama media coverage really amazes me!

    January 26, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  17. Michael Dunn

    Obama is exactly as Caroline states the JFK/RFK of our generation. I have watched speeches of JFK and RFK and have longed for a president that that could inspire like both of them did. We have that now; congratulations Obama, and lets keep it going; I have never voted in a primary, but i can guarantee you that i will be voting for Obama this year. This is our time for change; don't let it get away!

    January 26, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  18. D Dyson

    To all the naysayers that are claiming that this endorsement isn't a big deal:
    You know that Billary would be dancing arm and arm if Ms. Kennedy endorsed them. So, stop crying those crocodile tears and DEAL WITH IT!

    January 26, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. Wilva

    An encorsement by Carolina Kennedy is HUGE!! I am soooo proud of our country. It really does feel like we are all on the brink of something really great, historical even, happening in America. The time is now!

    Go Obama!

    January 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Sally Smith

    Jon, are you kidding me. Go into Hillary's bio and see what she has accomplished. Alot more than obama. The problem is some people don't like strong woman. That she is. You don't have to like her but it erks me to hear obama supporters bash the clintons. Talk about hypocrits. On one hand they support unity and on the other hand they trash talk. So much for following what obama allegedly believes in. Until America decides to be nice to each other change will not occur under the rep or the dem. Get real

    January 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. art

    We should we care who endorses whom? What does Carolyne know of our daily issues? Any voter that changes his /her mind or is influnced on the decision for whom to vote by the fact that Carolyne Kennedy endorsed a candidate should not waist the vote.

    We all should decide based on what we beleive is the better choice for the future. Until now, other than very good speeches, Obama has not convinced me of what type of change he is going to bring and most importanly how. Talking is cheap – is not what all politicians do? Clinton also has not put forward any clear ideas and plans. We deserve more than words.

    Edwards should be truthful and tell us that his goal is to be the vice-president.

    So, for now I am standing by.

    January 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  22. Mike Longton

    I am 57, white and totally agree with the elegant,Caroline Kennedy. Although Hillary and John Edwards have more experience, O'bama can unite the country better than anyone out there! I have to catch part of a speech O'bama made last week and it brought tears to my eyes! When he spoke of hope, I felt hope... when he spoke of change, I believed it possible. O'bama is the man to lead us out of apathy and bitterness... and to a better future!

    January 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. Jason of indianapolis


    January 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. ALTON

    Congrat Obama!!!!!!!!! Tonights result is a vision of what the rest of this Democratic election will be. American people please read Hebrews11:1. We vote by faith not by sight. We are one nation, one people and one united States.

    January 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  25. unkie469

    Where does Hillary's experience come into play? She was CO-PRESIDENT with her husband for 8 years. She's the smartest of all candidates. Who cares who Caroline, Oprah, Rambo Stallone, or anybody else endorses? Do we have minds of our own? But, Joe Schmoe could become president and be better than Bush.

    January 26, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
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