January 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
8 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. NanaPat

    Have been following your stuff here in the UK, and Ed from Illinois is right, Obama can't hold a candle to JFK. To me as a teenager In the still glum aftermath of WW2 in the UK, JFK's scintillating oratory with its promise of change was ELECTRIFYING. But wasn't he too the product of a machine dedicated to winning at all costs? Yes Obama has a good speaking style, but he needs to do more, surely, than borrow some apt quotes? Not having a vote in this election, I wouldn't dream of telling Americans how to cast, but for a nation dedicated to keeping religion out of public life by their Constitution, it seems odd that you've all gone overboard for someone who seems to be re-hashing a lot of quasi-emotional sermons from a minority religious group? And when the mud starts flying from the Republican direction once Obama is installed, I'd want someone with a bit more practice at standing up to tough stuff. Several times I've seen Obama on the newsclips looking quite petulant when the debate's not going his way. Check out some of that old footage of JFK and Tricky Dicky and you'll see what I mean. At least Hillary knows how to hold her head up in a tight corner?

    January 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    I think there are a few hundred Kennedys to go around–haha-prime breeding ground in that Irish family. Endorsements are not worth a penny-but for the huge MEDIA BASED COMMUNITY, IT IS THEIR BREAD AND BUTTER, SMUT AND LIES. When it all boils down to the nitty gritty, it is who you think can run this huge country and turn out the results. You don't have to like them, you don't have to feel the power of faith enter your body when they speek-YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT THAT YOUR COMMANDER AND CHIEF IS WATCHING AMERICA'S BACK, YOUR BACK, YOUR CHILDREN'S BACK, AND WILL LET YOU FEEL THAT THEIR WORDS AND ACTIONS WILL INPOWER AND DRIVE YOU TO BE SOMETHING BETTER THAT YOU ARE TODAY–IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE, YOU KNOW........................................

    January 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Bella

    well guess what, ethel kennedy supports obama! what you got


    January 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. I call for the good people of America to call the Media and insist they stop Stealing the Election

    Who cares what a rich, privileged person that has never had a job except for working for the "Kennedy Foundation."

    Isn't her father similar to George W Bush – got us into a worthless war with a few hundred thousand good young people dead and maimed?

    Crawl back into the submerged auto with uncle ted.

    January 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Carl

    Janice,, your a smart lady ..Too bad the rest of the women ( who vote for Hillary )
    are not as smart.

    Carl ( Canada )

    January 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. I call for the good people of America to call the Media and insist they stop Stealing the Election

    Some of us are old enough to remember Uncle Ted leaving a young woman to die at the bottom of a creek.

    Some of us are old enough to remember Daddy JFK getting us into a worthless war with a few hundred thousand young good people dead and maimed.

    Some of us are able to tell the difference between Clinton's campaign and the Kennedy legacy.

    January 27, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Janet

    Just the fact that one person could bring together a crowd of thousands from all ethnic backgrounds and have them break into a chant of "race doesn't matter" is so powerful and inspiring. It truly makes me want to be a better person. I'm sorry but I've never felt so good about a candidate in all of my 47 years. Yes we can –change America and make the world a better place for our children.

    January 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. PW Va

    Benazir Bhutto, Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher...these were women of strength, character, integrity and leaders in their own right. I don't recall one of them dragging their spouses around with them because they all had the ability to stand firm on their own two feet...their own convictions.

    Hillary Clinton cannot hold a torch to any of these women!!! She doesn't possess the wherewithal to lead and she's extremely divisive and I'm beginning to suspect a closet racist....not needed in today's society!!!

    January 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Dan, NJ


    How can Hillary deliver if half the country will not support her? Its an awful lot like G.W. Bush now. So many people don't like that he cannot get anything through Congress (thankfully). Put HRC on the ballot and Dems up and down the ticket will suffer and the Party will be significantly weakened when campaigning stops and governing is supposed to start.

    Obama draws so well across independents and across party lines. That ability to draw a consensus is a direct result of his speaking ability... an ability Hillary will never have.

    January 27, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    WE don't give a dame to what Caroline K is endorsing. Read some of these comments, I do worry for this country. Change desn't always equals good change, this country is on decline and just can not take another chance leading a unkown change. Obama's speech is just empty . CNN is pack of crooks.
    Go Hilary!

    January 27, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Renee

    Remember, that the people are the voters and whom ever gets the nomination the people express that person can lead this country. People have the right to endorse whom ever they wish to. and vote for whom ever they feel can lead this country. and when all is said and done that person will lead the country.

    January 27, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Mary TX

    we don't give a dame what caroline is endorsing, another privilleged kid from Kennedy family. Go Hilary!!!

    January 27, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. mr.fair tax


    January 27, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Seed of Change

    Carolyn Kennedy is talking from the heart, not from head:

    I love democrats, elites and commoners, for their great knowledge and humanity.

    But a commoner always remember what JFK had to do with Daley in Chicago to win a 50-50 election.

    What LBJ had to do to get the civil right bill through the congress.

    What Clinton had to do to win 2 election and FDR had to do to win 3 elections, fight like hell

    Great human like Gore, Kerry, Mondale, Dukakis never won. A saint like Jimmy Carter got knocked off by a hollywood actor

    JFK being a war hero and a man of action in congress for 14 years, had to take the help of Richard Daley to win the election.

    Obama is devoid of courage, and accomplishment. He is no JFK.

    Obama did not even had the backbone to vote again the Iran resolution, he was absent. He is no JFK, no MLK, no Bobby. he is just a great speech write and gifted speech delivery person.

    Carolyn also talks about ethics without providing examples. She seemed to forget about JFK and Monoe & hundred other girl friend in white house, while taking a dig at Bill.

    Also, Kenney legacy vs. Clinton legacy is at stake. Kenneys have won one election, and Clintons have already won two.

    But again, I think she is talking from the heart.

    January 27, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. true_blue

    I have made a number of Pro Obama statements, but CNN refuses to allow them through. I can only imagine how many Pro Obama supporters are being censored on the [C]linton [N]ews [N]etwork. By the way, Cisco is a major advertiser for these blogs, and a major contributor to Hillary Clinton. And they are part of a huge network that outsources jobs to India.

    You do the math. Actually, you won't get a chance to do the math, because CNN won't allow too many pro Obama comments through. CNN is the new FOC NEWS! Shame on CNN.

    January 27, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Joanne in Indy

    Bravo Caroline for a very eloquent endorsement. Beautifully written.

    Shame on those of you who somehow think you know the mind of her father. You don't. More than likely, he would commend her for sticking up for her opinion, whether he agreed with her or not. You can only speak for yourselves.

    For the first time in many, many years the candidate for the democratic party might very well be decided at the convention... living in Indiana, it would be nice to think my vote just might count for once.

    I will not vote for the same old divisiveness... Obama (or McCain) '08

    January 27, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. true_blue

    Anyone read the article called "Hillary's Experience Lie", its worth the read.

    Anyone read the article "Obama's Varied Record", it;s worth the read.

    January 27, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Nikole

    If you are STILL unclear about Obama's stance on the issues, please visit barackobama.com and educate yourself. Afterwards, you can sign up to volunteer and educate others about his experience being a public servant and other issues that matter to you.


    January 27, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |

    To understand the heart and mind of If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

    John F. Kennedy

    January 27, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. Firefoxxe

    With all due respect, what has Caroline Kennedy ever done, aside from being born into a rich and powerful family, that should make anyone care who she endorses.

    January 27, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. T.P.

    For those of you that continually say "He doesn't have a plan...!" Do your research. Obama's economic plan for America has been called the "gold standard" by macro-economists and received the highest rating of all plans submitted by both the Democratic and Republican candidate in the Washington Post (1/23/08). In addition, he has more experience in legislation than the other two candidates. Re: his "present" votes - looking closely, this represents less than half of ONE PERCENT (.005%) of ALL his votes cast; and in the Illinois Legislature, it's not uncommon to vote "present", which he did in collaboration with all other Democrats in the legislature on more than 50 of those votes. .....And this is off the top of my head. Do your research.

    January 27, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    "We need men who can dream of things that never were."

    John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

    OBAMA 08

    January 27, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Jet

    Hilary's time was in 1992, its now time for baby boomers to retire,
    The Obama generation will take care of all of you.

    January 27, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Paul, Atlanta

    I am deeply sorry that Caroline and Ted Kennedy have endorsed an unexperinced man to become the CEO of a megabusiness which has failed for the last 8 years.

    That shows that they not thinking clearly other than being emotional!

    January 27, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. charlotte

    Read- Kathleen Kennedy Townsends' endorsement of Hillary. Her sister Kerry and brother JFK jr also endorsed Hillary. Obama can have Teddy, he'd be smart to say thanks but no thanks. Thank goodness he, "Teddy", did not endorse Hillary.

    January 27, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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