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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Caroline Kennedy Demonstrates A Profile In Courage

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg appeared next to Michelle Obama on CNN, as she was interviewed by Suzanne Malveaux.

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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  • "Cornel West"

    He was, I believe, actually in Wright's cheering audience.

    OT, but I don't suppose you're going to post about the latest Brazilian tranny story?

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu May 01, 01:11:00 pm GMT-4  

  • He was, I believe, actually in Wright's cheering audience.

    I saw him live at the Univ of Miami once. A very bitter man, a la Wright, masked with only a little more scholarship than the latter.

    Thanks for the tranny tip, JSU! Tomorrow, perchance. ;)

    'Tadinho, do Ronaldo, though. I still like him, despite his ridiculous blubby tubby descent.

    But as Gawker quoted, he has money to fill mattresses, why spend it on pros?

    Two things occur to me:

    - He wanted a tranny, really and truly, not as an oops.

    - And famous men need sex, not relationships which can be costly in the longer run.

    We'll see.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 01, 01:21:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Michelle Obama can barely contain her distaste at being subjected to this humiliation. Pity her.

    Her Bruce-Springsteen-esque underbite and her slight speech impediment [schpeech impediment] are so dischtracting.

    I know this woman. I have seen her in my profession. I dislike her immensely.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun May 04, 03:51:00 pm GMT-4  

  • How, precisely, do you see what Caroline Schlossberg did as courageous? She's not elected to anything. What did she risk? Her good name? When all this is said and done, she's still JFK's daughter. She risked little.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun May 04, 03:53:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Holy crepe, Ruth Anne! I have never seen you this rankled.

    Well, as to your question about courage, if you will permit (I can add to it if you have questions), I will quote my similar reply to an Althouse reader who asked the same thing.

    He said there was a lot of self-interest, rather than courage than prompted her appearance:

    I think that's too cynical, if I may say so.

    Obama was likened to Kennedy before, as well as, whether or not she hopped abroad that train.

    Her backing Obama has also caused yet another rupture between her and the Hudson River Kennedys (Bobby Jr's family), the latter of whom has many more vested interests in seeing his choice, Hillary Clinton, win the Presidency.

    He has formed a research committee on whether he should run for her NY Senate seat, should she be successful in her White House quest.

    There is also another component, which may sound a bit forced but I have it on good personal authority is the case.

    She is pro-Obama, because her eldest daughter is especially invested in the Senator.

    It opened up her eyes and mind to Obama, not that that was hard, but certainly the extent of it, and the courage to buck her entire famous family was (save for Maria Shriver, but then she's not a real Kennedy).

    In other words, her motives are not quite so narcissicistic as some may think."

    As for your projection of the ladies you've met who are like Michelle Obama.

    Well, yes. I have seen EXACTLY those women, who are black and successful, and extremely unpleasantly. I mean extremely.

    Unlike white women who are in the same position, there is an undercurrent of utter rage and hatred about them, which I read on Michelle Obama's face.

    Maybe unfair, and I'll take my licks for it, but I'm being honest.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun May 04, 09:43:00 pm GMT-4  

  • So, if I read this correctly, your position is that Caroline made it difficult for herself at large family gatherings?

    Fair enough, I suppose.

    And I guess we don't disagree that underneath Michelle Obama's very thin veneer of civility, there is a raging torrent of disdain. Not my idea of First Lady material in the least.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Mon May 05, 08:37:00 am GMT-4  

  • I, too, know several Michele Obamas, and dislike them all. I wonder what pattern it is, exactly, that produces them.

    As for Mrs. Schlossberg, this is irredeemably shallow, but what I notice in the little picture on your blog is that she has not, apparently, had her face "fixed" in middle age -- although she lives in a milieu where that must be comme il faut. Trivial as it is, and regardless of her views on this year's presidential crop, I call that courage, and I admire her for it.

    By Blogger mrs whatsit, at Mon May 05, 10:09:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Maybe she's being true to her mother's spirit [Bouvier] and separating herself from the Kennedys. A quibble: Maria Shriver, first cousin of Caroline is also a granddaughter to Rose and Joe Kennedy. I think she counts as a Kennedy.

    Finally, I found that Michelle Obama reminded me of someone, but who?? It is the film character portrayed by Regina King in the movie "Jerry McGuire" who is part of the 2-for-1 of Rod Tidwell [played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.]. You're making him common.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Mon May 05, 11:04:00 pm GMT-4  

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