Caroline Kennedy Demonstrates A Profile In Courage
This may not appear significant to many, but actually, it is in one sense.
She's the first, and so far, only Obama A-Lister who has publicly dared to raise a voice of support in the post-Oedipal chaos left by Reverend Wright.
As Daniel Henniger wrote in today's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece:
"Barack Obama was bleeding by Monday and needed cover. Where, when he could have used them, were Obama's oh-so-famous endorsers: Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Oprah, John Kerry, Chris Dodd, Patrick Leahy, Tom Daschle, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Jay Rockefeller, John Lewis, Toni Morrison, Roger Wilkins, Eric Holder, Robert Reich, Ted Sorenson, Alice Walker, David Wilhelm, Cornel West, Clifford Alexander, Donald McHenry, Patricia Wald, Newton Minow?
Where were all the big-city mayors who went over to the Obama camp: Chicago's Richard Daley, Cleveland's Frank Jackson, Atlanta's Shirley Franklin, Washington's Adrian Fenty, Newark's Cory Booker, Baltimore's Sheila Dixon?
It isn't hard for big names to get on talk TV to make a point. Any major op-ed page would have stopped the presses to print a statement of support from Ted Kennedy or such for the senator. None appeared. Call it profiles in gopher-holing."
Ouch. A direct-hit at the Kennedy legacy of standing up for your vision, and ideals even if it means your certain public excoriation.
As ever, it is left to Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg to salvage whatever dignity is left by those born to such a legacy.
She did so ably, after Malveaux grilled Michelle Obama about the Wright controversy. It was a visible sigh of relief to the latter, and a welcome change for the audience to be able to lift themselves out of this sordid mess.
Watch it here.
H/T: Jack & Jill Politics
Caroline was beautifully on point, hitting the trigger words people want to hear (again) about Senator Obama:
"Well, I think (you know) many of the people I have seen here in Indiana, and many of the other States I've visited, really do find him, his message, his life, his choices, his career, his experience exactly what we need, at this time in our country's history."
"I think he's demostrated extraordinary leadership, and he's got the power to bring our country together, to solve the problems, which is something we need so desperately right now."
Her soft but emphatic voice trailed off, and she cast an insider knowing look to Malveaux, in what was an obvious reference to President Bush. It was palpable, but not bitter -- a throwback to a more courteous time than especially those of the past few days.
She continued immediately on to the topic of women, and how an Obama presidency would mean more emphasis on education, but also by the personal example contained in the very person of Senator Obama's life history.
Given the values she was raised with, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg continued without missing a beat, it's important that this new century be given that "tremendous example" for children to be inspired by.
I mean, what can you say? What a pro.
Not only showing the innate political instincts of a seasoned pol, but injecting her own wistful but practical reasons why she is still an Obama supporter, perhaps more than ever.
I've blogged twice about the Schlossberg kids, already, as you know. It was mama's turn today.
Though I'm certain (because she herself said so in her endorsement) that her children continue to inspire her to support Obama, to trust her innate belief that a nation without vision is a nation lost, and to stick the course no matter how the political winds turn, it was her strong conviction which made this CNN interview possible.
When you remember how enthusiastic her own mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was about the Clintons before she passed on, this carries a crystal clear message which cannot be overstated.
And right now, Senator and Mrs. Obama should be very grateful it is this lady, amongst all her tribe, who is the one backing them to the hilt.
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