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.
I have spent the past five years working in the New York City public schools and have three teenage children of my own.
There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative.
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.
Senator Obama is running a dignified and honest campaign.
He has spoken eloquently about the role of faith in his life, and opened a window into his character in two compelling books.
And when it comes to judgment, Barack Obama made the right call on the most important issue of our time by opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning.
Caroline Kennedy’s uncle, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, has not yet endorsed a candidate in the Democratic presidential race.
(In the picture, Caroline Kennedy with a postcard of her father, taken at Hyannisport, 1961 © The Estate of Stanley Tretick)