February 6th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton, Kennedy and Obama meet on the Senate floor

(CNN) - CNN's Ted Barrett reports that on the Senate floor just minutes ago, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, approached Sen. Hillary Clinton during the vote on the economic stimulus package. He shook her hand and said something that caused her to laugh loudly - it seemed to be about her success in Massachusetts last night. Obama, standing two feet away talking to Sen. Tim Johnson, turned.

After a few more comments that couldn't be overheard from the press gallery directly above them, Clinton laughed again and said to Obama. "I had a big sigh of relief when he [Kennedy] endorsed you." Everyone laughed, a little awkwardly. Sen. John Kerry, who has also endorsed Obama, took the Illinois senator by the elbow and walked away with him.

soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. BV

    So Lani, will Bill be controlling Hillary then? Everyone who has ever become president has had friends and loved ones help them get there. The better question perhaps is, why would Kennedy and Kerry not endorse Clinton who we had thought was close friends with both men? Kennedy worked on Hillarycare back in the early 90's. Hillary campaigned HARD for Kerry. Would you be saying the same things if Kennedy and Kerry had endorsed Clinton?
    Be happy to be a democrat. Obama OR Clinton will beat McCain. We get to have a candidate SHARPENED by this tough race. The Republicans are divided into thirds and their party is ripping itself apart over 'who's conservative enough.' Let's agree that all sides want to win, and that we will NOT allow another Republican administration.

    February 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Followingclosely

    Why on earth did Kerry feel the need to take Barack by the elbow and lead him away? Sounds like Barack is already under the them of Kennedy and Kerry.

    February 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Mark

    How can Obama be touting himself as the agent of change and hope and the future while campaigning with a dinosaur?

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. B Smith

    I don't think the best thing for Obama is endorsement from K&K boys.They will only bring his down fall.If he needs change,it is not from these K&K boys.People don't trust these boys any more.

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Followingclosely

    Sorry I meant to say "sounds like Barack is already under the THUMB of Kennedy and Kerry."

    February 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Marie

    Everyone can control Obama, even the media. The media is running his campaign and endorsing him. They are playing God with this election. I use to respect CNN and yes, Trust them! Also, where is Obamas funds (32 million did not come from "small" doners on the internet) coming from? Answer that MSNBC and CNN. We are waiting to get some facts.

    February 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Becky

    You go girl!! You don't need those old guard senators!!! I like how it said.."Kerry took Obama by the arm and led him away!!!!!!!!!!!!" WOW.....that says it right there.....GO HILLARY 08

    February 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Nina

    It is funny to see how all these old politicians are backing Obama- the movement of youth for sure:). I am from a low income but I donated some money to Hillary because I admire her strength- we're your endorsement Hillary!

    February 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. PDC

    On The Job Training President, it could happen.... only in America!
    Shhhhh... Hillary is ahead. Maybe it won't happen.

    February 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. CA

    If she's so glad Kennedy endorsed Obama, why was it widely reported that "both Clinton and Obama had heavily courted Kennedy's prized endorsement"?

    Oh well. She still has Ann Coulter pulling for her. That speaks volumes.

    February 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Donna F

    Good for Hillary.....old guard is right.....Obama will not be helped by then in the long run......I cannot forget that Ted let a woman die a slow agonizing drowning death. He should have just stayed quietly trying to good at his job to build up some good karma for the next life.

    February 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |


    February 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Go Hillary

    Hurray to Hillary! who won the biggest states without the support of the self proclaimed big hitters like Oprah and the Kennedys.

    Proud to be her supporter.

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Manuel, Pearland, TX

    It's painful to watch both Ted Kennedy and John Kerry speak.

    I was not thrilled that Kerry laid down for the swift boat attack. That was the election right there.

    Regardless, I just donated to Hillary's campaign and will again shortly.

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Ny

    Wow what a positive feeling from all the Hillary supporters! What is scary is that most of her surrporters are so agnry?!? Well, they say you can judge a leader by thier followers... hmmmmmmmm

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Tim Cooper

    I have found the light. Europe looks at the resumes, they want Hillary. After the TV media shoved Obama down my throat, I got suspicious. Sure enough, there's no beef. I'm with you now, girls. I want my daughter to know that she can be president if her resume is greater than a mans. If the election is based on something abstract like charisma, we will reap what we've sewn... abstract results.

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Kim Lockwood

    Some of these comments are so funny, but they are also tragic. Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry have realized what some of you apparently have not. Senator Obama represents a new kind of politics, the kind I hope will dominate in the future. It is the kind of politics where a President (President Obama), a Senator, or a Congressional representative does not owe a thing to anyone but the American people. Imagine, if you will, President Obama being able to spend all of his energy fixing America's problems, instead of running after lobbyists money.

    I hope all of you, or at least the majority of the American people, can pull their heads out of the sand and realize politics CAN fundamentally change, the People can be in charge and the special interests can return to running their own businesses and stop trying to run the United States of America. Senator Obama offers us a future where anything is possible because the American People (you know, all of us) will be in charge, instead of political machines or special interests. If you do not trust us, the American People, to have so much power, you are in the wrong party. Please reaffiliate immediately and stand up and admit you are really a republican.

    I cannot wait for the debate between the Republicans, represented by John McCain, who fundamentally do not trust us and the Democrats, represented by Barack Obama, who fundamentally does trust us. In fact, Senator Obama trusts us so much he put his entire campaign in our hands when he refused to take any money from special interests and lobbyists even though Senator Clinton was raising (and has raised more than any other candidate in history) enormous amounts from those same special interest PACS and lobbyists. I hope all of you will step out of the darkness and step into the light. The choice could not be clearer– only Senator Obama is offering us our full rights as citizens.

    Obama '08, Yes we can!

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. JA Cook

    Hillary, your biggest problem is your key endorser: Bill

    February 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. sean c

    CNN, do you think you could release my post now ? or would it be better to wait until there are 100 Clinton posts in front ? It's your call – good night.

    February 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. A voice for sanity

    Only CNN could bring is such an amusing blog! Thanks for the chuckles. The race goes on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May the best woman win!

    February 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. Laura

    The Dem party is soooo divided. This has got to stop.

    February 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. yns

    I want someone who can stand up for the people of this country not be the puppet of the "wannabes". Hillary all the way! If Hillary is not the nominee, then either I don't vote or I cross the fence!

    February 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. wanda b.

    Hillary stay away from Kennedy, T., and Kerry, J. both are losers. Obama will lose also if he continues to be around the two K's. Keep up the good work Hillary, we are supporting you. I can't wait to see you in the White House. Women we can prove that women can do as good as men and better. Keep voting for Hillary and we will win also.

    February 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Annie BrushPrairie,WA Plz Caucus on Sat

    It's not that Senator Obama doesn't have experience. BUT there's a big difference between having experience and being mature!!

    If he repeatedly turns his back on Senator Clinton because he is uncomfortable or pissed – how does this bode for his being able to get along and work well with others?!

    Actions speak so much louder than words – yet lately in Senator Obama's campaign speeches he is starting to sound alot like a charter member of the hillary haters cuckoo club = He should quit being so negative and stop spreading rumors and start focusing on how much better our Nation will be under a DEMOCRATIC President rather than any Republican!!

    Today when asked whether she and her husband would support the Democratic nominee, Michelle replied "That she would have to think about it?!" Even Teddy Kennedy has pledged to enthusiastically support the eventual nominee (as have both Bill and Hillary). So much for party loyalty – and for being a uniter NOT when he can't even muster the courage and manners to be a grown man and acknowledge his opponent on his OWN side of the aisle!!


    Caucus this Saturday for Hillary!! Or be sure to participate or vote in your own upcoming primaries.

    February 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Kathleen

    Hillary Clinton is an arrogant and divisive. If she does get into the White House, all you folks who support her now will grow very very weary of her looking down her nose at all of us from the White House. She and her buffoon husband are power hungry megalomaniacs and would throw any one of over if we got in their way. I'm sure the men in this country will grow very tired of Hillary lecturing them on what they should and shouldn't do each and every day. Be careful what you "vote" for.......

    February 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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