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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soundoff (1,111 Responses)
  1. NY For Obama

    The view in this part of the Country is ; ANYONE BUT HILLARY CLINTON.

    But we love Obama !

    January 28, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  2. Bingo Queen

    Disappointed in the endorsement, do not believe that Mr. Obama is another JFK.

    Hillary Clinton 2008

    January 28, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. mary

    Shame on you Caroline. Bill Clinton helped you and your family so much during your only brother's plane crash. Have you forgotten it along with your deceased brother.

    January 28, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. Paul, Atlanta

    Hey, True_Blue: The jobs which are shipped to India are the Cisco jobs which the dumb people in US cannot perform!

    January 28, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  5. Kiki

    I just dont understand how anyone can compare Obama to JFK, no where near it.
    JFK was senator for 6 years and was in the congress for 6 years.

    January 28, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. Cathy

    Go Hillary....the real fighter.....Mr cotton candy speaks great, well not in debates. Then he whines when he is asked tough questions on his voting record or his remaks. Gee if he is elected, will we have to hire a nanny?

    January 28, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  7. Kevin in OK

    Caroline Kennedy should be ashamed of herself. Comparing Barack Obama to JFK is so wrong. Barack Obama is all hot air. He knows how to talk the talk, but, he can't walk the walk.

    People, you need to wake up, and realize that Obama is false. He is fooling so many people. It's the biggest case of pulling the wool over the eyes of America that I have ever seen.

    Do not vote for Barack Obama. America will be very sorry if they do. He promises things he can't possibly deliver, because he doesn't have a plan.

    Vote for someone who knows how to get things done. Who has been doing it, and working for America, and actually making a difference. Vote for Hillary Clinton. Go to HillaryClinton.com. Read up on her. Do your research, and you'll realize who the candidate of REAL change is.

    I urge all of America not to give into the deception that is Barack Obama. This election is too important, and we can't hand it to someone who only make America worse.

    January 28, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  8. George Wu, A.I.A.

    When the Clinton camp is getting so panicky and attacking like crazy, I know that Obama has already won ! dancewu(dot)net

    January 28, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  9. mel



    OBAMA 2008

    January 28, 2008 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  10. Gaboy75

    If Barack gets the nom. and wins better stock up the bomb shelter to think the old gentil republican guard of the old south will take this laying down. With the slavery restution issue looming over there heads. As a life long democrat but also a georgian, I know all he will do is divide if he does not come out and say no slavery resatution lawsuits while he is president.

    January 28, 2008 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  11. michael e stanford

    I BACK BARACK IN 08!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  12. Jim, American in Paris

    Who cares what the Kennedys think? 1960 is over!

    I also hope that Hillary Clinton will, like most Americans, simply overlook this insignificant mishap!

    January 28, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  13. Steve From Cali

    Kevin in OK, I think you are on crack. Stop smoking that stuff, its bad for you and your heath. It has obviously messed up your head. Hillary Clinton is dishonest. I think you are a racist in the closet...you just fear that a non-white president will hurt you. Shame on you for being such a narrow minded prick. I hope you havfe some years left in your life, so you can grow up and become a man of optimism.

    January 28, 2008 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  14. non- cencorship advocate

    I thought democrats were against cencorship ,, please complain to the moderater

    January 28, 2008 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  15. Cyrille


    Think you South Carolina!!

    And the HATERS will still have something to say.

    HATERS JUST HATE!! they will try to make it a white-black thing. IOWA,NH,NEVADA and now South Carolina.....South CArolina people...25% of the white population voted for B.O...we are talking of South Carolina...If that´s not a wake up call for somebody,then i don´t know how to help you....this is just the proof that things,mindsets,people are changing in America.

    Think U Obama for bringing the United back into U.S.A


    OBAMA is The President that America and the world neeeds right now.


    January 28, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  16. player9


    January 28, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  17. carol

    I remember JFK more like Bush – starting a war that a few hundred thousand young people were killed and maimed, that we couldn't get out of, that we sent our soldiers home to slum hospitals, and have left them addicts and homeless on the streets.

    Oh Yes, Jackie dressed beautifully! Believe me – I know Camelot and that was not Camelot!

    January 28, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  18. Ivelisse

    hahaha... what a suprise... Obama is fighting the establishment with the support of the longest running DINASTY in US politics.....

    talk about change!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  19. charlotte

    January 27, 2008 8:38 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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
    Note the post time. Whats up with that? Not pro-Obama

    January 28, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  20. benvictor

    AL GORE for PRESIDENT. Oh, how we wish you were the party's nominee Big Al. All this Kennedy nonsense is beyond belief. Spare us Big Al and enter the race.

    January 28, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  21. rabblerouser

    Yes we can...what? He never tells us.

    The Sainted JFK was the first president who sent American troops to Viet Nam. Remember that fiasco? That's right, folks – he was the one who got us involved in Viet Nam. So who cares if his rich daughter who lives like a princess on her estate in Bridgehampton endorses Obama. And Ted Kennedy – well, scandals abound with him. I still say, the NY Times endorsement is the better one – and they endorsed Hillary. How come CNN rolls over that one?

    January 28, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Wilma

    Whatever Caroline's reason for supporting Obama are, there is not a comparision between JFK and Obama. If Obama's vision is the future why is he using old folks ( JK, TK, JJ, CK) from the past to help him gain his future vision. Are all of their pasts squeaky clean-NOT!

    January 28, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. SJ

    If Caroline thinks Obama is like her father, does that mean Obama will bring women into the white house to sleep with while his wife is out of town, too?

    Didn't the secret service bring an untold number of women into the White House for Mr. Kennedy? Oh, back then it was accepted....if Mr. Clinton fools around it's disgusting...

    By all accounts, most men (over 70%) cheat on their wives....doesn't make it right, just makes it reality....will the Republicans get Obama under oath, too? Then ask him who he's slept with?

    January 28, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Joe moore

    When the Clinton's deliberately tried to throw a ranch into Mr Obama's campaign, because he was getting rock star like crowds, It just automatic turn me off of there campaign.It seems as though she Mrs Clinton then ask her husband to interject on her behave to do what it take to slow him down,and take him off message.So i am am voting for Mr Obama. Rock on.

    January 28, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. A. Harrison

    I can't even be negative, but that change speech "changed" if you haven't noticed. Change will take time, and mistakes will be made.

    I dont' think America can afford any mistakes right now.

    January 28, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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