January 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
9 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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  1. Wilhemina

    To Jason, are you a Kennedy? Are you saying that a Kennedy does not know what it is to be a Kennedy...

    To Joe, really you are a minority is that old status quo labeling, you are an American, please wake up! You are an American! ...stop putting yourself and others in a box. Wear an American badge, give Hillary her minority badge back.

    To the statement of leadership, the mess our country is in can also be credited to the "Clinton's", as well as many others in Washington, It is amazing that you want more of that crap!!!

    January 27, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. lovelyjmc


    How touching and wonderful!! I am vey excited about Barack's campaign. The last time that I was excited about a presidential candidate, I was a child and the candidate was JFK.

    Americans have hope again.

    January 27, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. MA

    To Yolanda Diaz


    January 27, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. republican no more

    The winds of a huge change politcally are blowing across the nation. We want some one new and inspiring, not the more of the same old status quo politically. Out with the old and in with the new! After 8 years of living in the most divisive, tyrantical presidency ever, we need Obama!
    I am a republican and I completely support Obama who has brought hope to our nation. Go Obama and keep plugging along. Thanks Caroline!!!

    January 27, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Dan, NJ

    For those who say this doesn't matter:

    Hillary said Obama is no JFK. Now, Caroline, who has spent her life dealing with her father's legacy, has said Obama is the first to really remind her of her father. I will take Caroline's word over Hillary's, particularly on this subject.

    January 27, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Angel

    I 'M exited! OBAMA is the one to help us bring about positive change. We hear you and united Yes WE CAN!!!

    January 27, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Independent

    I love how being first lady somehow translates to "more experience"... REALLY? By all means, Laura Bush then would make a great Republican candidate vs McCain and Romney...

    Obama has the experience needed...

    January 27, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Pat Carpenter


    When do endorsements count? How much do endorsements count?

    It all seems to be about how much money can a candidate get. Hillary Clinton certainly proves she and her husband can get out the checkbooks. Who spent the most in South Carolina? How did they spend it?

    It appears that when a long train gets moving it's hard to stop. Obama seems to have the train rolling along. Edwards could spend his own money, but has made more than a credible impact without the so called "public funding".

    The Clintons were all for Florida not having delegates. ..until it became apparent that she needed the older women vote to have a prayer.

    Oh well, that's politics.

    January 27, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. bob

    0bama@hillary they both are good people to run the country, may the best one win with the help of GOD.

    January 27, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Bill Muir

    Good for you Caroline. I agree that among the current crop of Democartic candidates Obama stands alone. He is the only one with a PROVEN record of reaching across the aisle to accomplish what's necessary. Can you imagine Hillary (the landslide winner of Most Vindictive Person each of the past 30 years) cooperating, let alone talking, to someone who didn't support her? I can see the Governor of a state that she didn't carry asking for aid for some natural disaster; she'll flip her/him the Bird and laugh.

    January 27, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. ike

    OBAMA, Sunday January 27 for 2008.

    Yes, A big shame to the Clintons for trying to use RACE as a factor in this contest when they are have failed to stand on anything else or their flawed character and lies. Now that the Great people of south Carolina have rejected their divisive and discredited politics of do and die, where do they go from here. Down ward I hope, if the democratic hope to have a chance with the republican part in November general election.

    The shameless Clintons will say and do anything as we have seen in recent weeks for political power. No body has asked the question, why the Clintons must be president for the third times?. Is it a right for them in a country of 260 million people?. Instead of counting themselves lucky, they are acting as if it is their birth right to keep. I use to like them but no more. They are a disgrace to the democratic party, a party that stood by them during their troubled presidency and more so by black people. Their discredited black followers like Andrew Young, Representatives Louis and Charles Rangel and that moral less Johnson of black entertainment should be ashamed by their actions and success of Obama in SC.

    I wish Obama more success in his desire to give HOPE to people all over the world. You represent our dream and hope for the future. MARCH ON.

    January 27, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Bart Wendell

    Caroline Kennedy's ultimately very personal statement articulates eloquently the view I have come to hold. I still have my age 14 vivid memories of JFK's TV cuban missle crisis statement. JFK continues to serve as an inspiration to many, including myself.

    However, the historic John F. Kennedy Jr was not the JFK we have come to love,
    esteem and elevate beyond historical reality. JFK's physical courage as demonstrated by his war record and his fight with back pain became almost irrelevant as his sexual obsessions and possible disclosures of confidential information to his sexual partners placed us in potentially tremendous peril both with our internal and external enemies. His congressional experience did not prevent him from terribly mishandling the Cuban situation at first.

    JFK was a great but very flawed President.

    Holding Obama to the iconic standard rather than to the reality of JFK himself is self-defeating to us as a country. It is a standard
    that JFK himself could not meet today if he were running for office.

    While Bill Clinton and Edwards MODEL themselves after JFK. Obama IS JFK in his ability to inspire participation and hope
    in the body politic." Obama is an evolved, more personally mature, JFK.
    As someone who on the professional level is involved in the screening and hiring of executives for the highest positions in our private and non-profit sectors, I have come to believe there are times when the ability to inspire a vision trumps policy
    knowledge and experience. Policy expertise can be injected into a presidency through
    the appointments made. Leadership can only be brought to the position by
    the president himself. We are presently leaderless.

    Hillary is great, but not who we need at this time.

    January 27, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Clintonhater

    To the Comment that Ann made about blacks just voting for him cause he's a "brother" obama is also half white if I'm not mistaken so lets not make this a race issue...we won't bring up the fact that the surge she got in NH was strictly women voting for her cause she's a women...Obama won SC across the board...if it was such a race thing then why did Obama win 25 percent of the white vote in SC...Clinton onlly beat him by 2 percent and how funny that as usual its the old white women that gave her that edge...but no black people only vote based on color..please stop disrespecting my race like that cause we made a very informed choice...we are tired of the politics tired of the games and double talk from washingston..we won't someone with a new vision..Hilary doesn't have expserince at making policies she got experice being the 1st lady....thats it...Clinton supporters kill me with all this she has more experience talk....I'll take Vision over experience any day....

    January 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Amit

    These days endorsements don't mean much, because everybody knows how planned and manipulative they are but this is a welcomed surprise.

    One more thing I would like to point out, I'm studying political management and psychology and I have noticed two very different point of view between Hillary's supporters and Obama's.
    Hillary supporters tend to be more edgy and critical of well every opponent on various topics but on the obama's side people tend to be more positive. I'm not praising any candidate by this but I really think Hillary should try to infuse more positivity in their campaign so it resonates more in their supporter's words and action.

    Remember great things are not done by cynics but by believers.

    January 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Awake in North Carolina

    All of you cynics deriding comparisons of Obama to Kennedy are missing the big picture. No their resumes are not the same, yes their biographies are quite different. What is shared between these two candidates is an unprecedented ability to inspire all of the good feeling and hope in Americans for America and the nation that we can be, the obstacles we can surmount on the path to greatness, the unity we can experience as a nation, transcending the dangerous, unproductive divisions which keep this country from soaring as it otherwise might.
    The majority of Americans feel the country is heading in the wrong direction, but few people are fully aware of just how dark the end of that path actually is, and it is that way because of the polarizing administrations of the last TWO presidents...yes, the last two. George Bush moreso than Bill Clinton, but do not forget the sourness inspired in Republicans by the latter. How could Hillary possibly compete against John McCain when he can bring in independents and she can inspire Republicans to vote against her? She will not win any Southern states, that you can rely on, and the swing states which will be decided by independents will go for McCain, so what we will be left with is another 4 yrs. in the least of a Republican administration. There is no getting around that. She is 60 years old, definitely marked by the past...Obama is the future. It is time to turn the page in our living history. If Democratic values are to have a fighting chance for the White House in '08 and a sustained majority in the Senate and Congress, Obama must be the leader in that struggle for greatness.

    January 27, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Isaac


    January 27, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Bertha DEL bOSQUE

    What Victory, GOD knows his people and he will prevail. Hope all that work to suppot you may be blessed and led by the holy spirt.
    Sincerly Obama a true believer of new change for our future leader. Obama, Obama he's our man if he can't do it no one can. GOD BLESS
    An educator and city official

    January 27, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Herbert

    its very interesting to watch the candidates run for presidency from abroad – like me as a bavarian from germany. It is too much to do in future so dont hesitate to change from republicans to democrats – never mind the race or gender – put them both together to lead not only but for first the US second the world – and i hope you all vote gentlemanlike – the first eight years ahead form now for the lady and the next 8 years for obama – thats the best – for all over the globe.
    It isnt that hard to get ruled by women – pick at your nose and look at your own home :)) – and some of the best team players in nba are not of caucasian race.

    January 27, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Rich Semptimphelter

    Go Hillary? Yup just go ... anywhere but here ... Maybe Canada needs you?

    January 27, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Joe, Wilmington DE

    Beautifully said! Thank you for having the courage to endorse a truly great candidate.

    I recently changed my voter registration from independant to democrat just to have the opportunity and honor to cast my vote for Sen. Obama in the Delaware primary. For the first time since '76 (the first election I was old enough to vote in) I will be voting FOR a candidate and not against another.

    Opportunity is knocking loudly for the Democratic Party to field a Presidential candidate who is gifted with a high level of intelligence and management skill, can mobilize people from all walks of life toward a common goal, has practical ideas and is truthful and decent.

    Find the courage to vote the future. The future = Obama

    January 27, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |

    I am an independent who normally would vote red. This year I notice something new, some electrifying, exciting about the race for the presidency. I am voting for Obama because I believe we need a leader who can unify the country. My decision to vote for Mr. Obama came after he stated that he will consider talking to some of our enemies. At that time Clinton called him irresponsible, yet two weeks later she took the same position. We need someone who can take a stand the first time right or wrong.

    GO OBAMA 08
    RED to BLUE -Texas

    Thank you Iowa & SC!

    January 27, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. ES

    Caroline, Obama is unlike your father. JFK was a hero and a far superior intellect than Obama. It's sad that you too have been taken by his flowery speeches. He has the command only of his words with no fresh ideas or concrete solutions to the needs of this country and the many problems abroad that we face today. All he talks about are empty rhetorics of change and hope. We want the most qualified person that would turn this country around and tackle all the many issues, economy, Iraq, Iran, health care, jobs, etc. Experience does matter.
    The Oval Office is no training ground for amateurs. We need Hillary in the WH who will bring these necessary changes. Go Hillary '08.

    January 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. d

    lies don't win you a primary, and yes, this does make a difference

    go obama!

    January 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |

    Would anyone here know her father better than Caroline. If she said someone remind her of her father, we should respect that. All of you clintonian should come with something better.

    GO OBAMA 08
    RED to BLUE -Texas

    Thank you Iowa & SC!

    January 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. Cathy Gately

    Barack Obama is a man of Destiny! He appears on this country at just the right time to help us take our country back from IDEALOGUES and LOBBYISTS! Caroline Kennedy and the young people of this country are right in endorsing him! Hilary and Bill Clinton have already served 8 years in the White House! It is time to move on and out of Washinton for both of them !

    January 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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