The Kennedys

Echoes of Camelot as a Kennedy endorses Obama

By Gary Jacobson

January 26, 2008 at 10:53pm

In a heartfelt op-ed column in Sunday’s New York Times headlined “A President Like My Father,” Caroline Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama for president.

“I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them,” the daughter of president John F. Kennedy wrote. “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 wrote that Obama has a “special ability” to get Americans to believe in themselves, has built a movement that is changing American politics, and has a “special gift” for inspiring young people. Kennedy is the mother of three teens.

“There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative,” she wrote. “But too many of them are also hopeless, defeated and disengaged. As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children to believe in themselves and in their power to shape their future. Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren, with that sense of possibility.”

Saturday, Obama won the South Carolina Democratic primary with 55 percent of the vote.

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  • #1.   Guy 01.26.2008

    God bless Caroline Kennedy. Yes we can with OBAMA.

  • #2.   Jackie Cooper 01.27.2008

    Thank you Caroline for endorsing an incredible man like Obama. I can almost see your dad smiling!

  • #3.   wes 01.27.2008

    JFK made a gift to students in Kenya decades ago now that gift bring us a man who came in his image. That is very weird.

  • #4.   Mel Smith 01.27.2008

    Thank you Caroline, your endorsement indicates the compassion and love America’s “royalty” has for this country. You are America’s “Princess”.

  • #5.   Manuel A. Tellechea 01.28.2008

    Just Like Her Daddy and Worse

    The Princess Royal of the Kennedy clan, who has herself accomplished nothing in life except being born to wealth and privilege, has draped her father’s moth-eaten cloak on Barack Obama, who, in her father’s White House, would have been a footman or cook. Say what you will about Obama, he got there himself without the benefit of a rich daddy or corrupt political machine. He may be more unprepared to be president and more disastrous for this country than was JFK, but we hope, at least, that he will be impervious to “love notes” from middle-aged political camp followers who are still trying to be influential without ever being relevant.

    Tomorrow the black sheep of the family, Sen. Ted Kennedy, will follow in his niece Caroline’s footsteps and endorse Obama at American University. It is still possible that some Kennedy cousin might endorse Hillary; perhaps the other murderer or the rapist.

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