Just what we need to hear

“A President Like My Father” by Caroline Kennedy. Here’s an excerpt:

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.
I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.
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.

Does that mean we’ll be seeing more of this?

And this?

24 thoughts on “Just what we need to hear”

  1. Wow, “a man like her father”… Did she mean that she expects Obama to ask the maffia to help win the election and get elected because of that? That she expects Obama to lie about his health? To bring prostitutes to the White House to have sex him him in the bathtub while secret service guys guard the door?

  2. But her father didn’t stop the Vietnam War – he started it, for all intents and purposes. Not only that, he believed in it wholeheartedly.
    Amazing how the Kennedys have tried to completely remake what John Kennedy was.

  3. Mr Obama has something else besides brains, heart, and courage– wisdom. Something that has been lacking in Presidential leadership for the last 8 years.
    Kennedy did not believe in the Bay of Pigs mission, an operation he inherited from President Eisenhower.
    President Kennedy sent military advisors to Vietnam. The Vietnam War began during the Johnson Administration – read your history, The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, was the excuse to bring us into a war that killed over 50,000 Americans, and thousands of other human beings.
    And as for the elections, President Bush’s legacy is the destruction of the Republican party – leaving us with a war that we should not have gotten into in the first place with thousands of Americans killed, wounded, and maimed at a cost our grandchildren will have to pay; millions of Americans with no health insurance; and an economy in crisis with many Americans wondering how they can make ends meet or keep their homes. Is John McCain going to solve this? Romney? Huckabee? What is the definition of a Republican now in the era of George W. Bush?

  4. Well, if JFK’s daughter endorsed Obama, that’s enough for me! Where can I get an Obama bumper sticker? I’m a believer!!
    Cut me a break.

  5. These Cameloites are so predictable; here she is, middle-aged and still thinking like a 6-year old.
    Read your history & his inaugural speech, girlfriend. You think Obama is gonna do any of that? For a woman allegedly schooled in high academia and steeped in philantropy, this is very embarassing. Ignorant twit.

  6. A suggestion – start listening to Obama’s speeches. Listen carefully to the words he chooses to speak and how he speaks them. Then compare them to the rest of the candidates.
    I am amazed at the cynicism expressed here.

  7. JFK did 2 good things. The tax cut which stimulated the economy. (The dems ignore this one).
    And he put into play the space program to get us to the moon before the end of the dee-cade.
    He dissed Sinatra and he made it with Marilyn Monroe.
    At least he didn’t make it with trailer trash like # 42.
    Obama at least did flake. JFK did pain killers. Ok, I can see the parallel.

  8. The biggest comparison that I can see between Obama and Kennedy [and maybe this is what Caroline was thinking subconsciously] is that Obama and Kennedy are both creations of the liberal media. Kennedy was an inept and corrupt president, nothing more than a sophisticated roque with a Harvard accent who appealed to the masses because of his alleged good looks, suave personality and youthful Ives St. Laurent-designer-dress-wearing wife. Every time that I hear any mention of Camelot, I feel repulsed and a little bit of vomit in the back of my throat.
    Obama is being touted as the first black candidate, even though his father is a wealthy African educated at Cambridge and from family that never suffered slavery or Jim Crow which are the defining elements for Afro-Americans. His mother is a white woman from the Mid-West. Obama is about as phony as a three-dollar bill or as phony as Kennedy which is saying one and the same thing.
    Kennedy= $3.00 bill.

  9. By what criteria are you judging Obama?
    And if you are going to use the terms inept and corrupt, what do you think of the present Administration? I will take a JFK over a George W anytime…
    The next President, Democrat or Republican, is going to inherit un toyo del carajo from Bush. It is not going to be an easy task for him or her.

  10. Don’t forget that while JFK was cheating on Jackie, she and her sister Lee Radziwill were cruising in Onassis’ yacht in the Mediterranean during the entire month of October 1963. JFK had to send a her a telegram to immediately return home, as the rumor mills were spinning about a possible affair between Jackie and Onassis. Six years later, Jackie married Onassis after renouncing her Roman Catholic faith to adopt his Greek Orthodox religion. In consequence, Cuban exile women stopped naming their daughters Jackie. Count all your Cuban female friends born between 1960-69 and then count how many Cuban Jackies you know born after 1969.
    Did Jackie marry Onassis for love or for money? After only six years of marriage, in which she slept in separate quarters, went of massive shopping spending sprees, and spent most of her time away from Onassis in New York, Jackie inherited $25 million when he died in 1975. Jackie then became the mistress of Jewish financier and diamond merchant Maurice Tempelsman, who separated from his wife and lived in concubinage with Jackie in her Fifth Avenue apartment in New York. Tempelsman shrewdly invested her $25 million and turned it into $250 million in a decade. Jackie was unable to take that fortune with her when she died in 1994 at the age of 64. Her son and daughter inherited all the dough. John Jr. was as reckless as his father, piloting a plane at night with no experience of night flight, which led to the accidental death of him, his hootchie wife, and siser-in-law. That’s another story. Caroline now has most of the massive fortune and has kept a low profile except for her latest political statement. Jackie insisted on inmortality by requesting interrement next to JFK at his memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, instead of her last husband’s grave site in Greece. Mal agradecida.

  11. Gabriel, are we wrong to “judge” a candidate by his Illinois voting record, a voting record that would make Marx and the baby-killers at NARAL proud? Are we wrong to judge him by the empty rhetoric full of cliched platitudes in his speeches? Are we wrong to judge him at all? Should we just accept him, as you obviously have, without using a single fucking brain cell? Please. Give me a break. Take your Dem talking points and give ’em to someone else.

  12. Ray,
    With all due respect, you are wrong on your information about Senator Obama.
    You are right that Barack’s father was a Harvard-educated economist. But you leave out that he neevr played a direct role in Barack’s life. He left when Obama was two years old, and Obama only saw him once.
    You are absolutely right that Obama’s mother was a white woman from Kansas. But she too wasn’t really around much. She was an international peace keeper.
    Obama was raised in Honolulu by his white grandparents from Kansas. He had a middle-class life and through scholarships, and student loans, he was able to make it into our country’s top-notch schools.
    I think that people like Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney are the living embodiments of the opportunities you have in America. Just think about what a great message we will send to the rest of the world if we elect either an honorable war veteran, former POW, that dedicated his life to serving his country, or a young black man, with a funny name, that started with nothing and ended up making it big because he played by the rules and worked hard.
    You call these narratives “media fabrications.” But I think they’re the shining beacons of hope that America sends out across the world and why people admire our country.
    PS: I would like to disclose that I am an Obama supporter.

  13. George – with all due respect, when did you become such a cynic? Democratic talking points? Huh? I do not need the DNC to feed me what to say. I can think and speak for myself.
    There is an expression, “language is the house of being”. Pay close attention to the words chosen and spoken by the candidates. Obama, despite his youth, is the wisest among the candidates. And btw his position on Cuba is at the least the more humane of all the candidates.

  14. George,
    There is no need to be cynical.
    I believe that Senator Obama can build a coalition of members from both parties, just like Ronald Reagan did, to get things done.
    He’ll stand firm in his principles. I understand there will be policy and tactical differences, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together to solve problems.

  15. His “principles” are precisely what I’m afraid of. Nobody who votes so consistently on the left, getting high marks from the baby-killers at NARAL, can be a bridge-builder with me or any other conservative. His beliefs and mine and diametrically opposed and irreconcilable.

  16. Gabriel, I oppose abortion, something your candidate is all too eager to support, and it is I who live in a “dark world”? Your kind of thinking is what caused 100 million deaths in the twentieth century. The one in dire need of a candle and absolution is you I’m afraid. Go back to your pitcher of Kool-Aid and your group sing-along of Kumbaya now. The rest of us will be just fine…

  17. George – abortion I submit, is not the number one crisis facing our nation. How about a disgraceful war with no end in sight, millions of our fellow citizens without health insurance, kids having to mortgage their futures to get an education, and a trashed economy left in the wake of the present administration? These are far more serious problems facing our society.
    It is your right to oppose abortion. Don’t let the women in your lives have them. Teach the women in your lives not to make that choice.
    Work to build our country with values that truly honor life and abortion will go away.

  18. Gabriel,
    4,000 American servicemen and women dead in 4 years liberating 20+ million people from a tyrannical dictator vs. 1+ million babies killed in our country in the name of the right to choose. That’s why you’ll never get it, no matter how many user names you register.

  19. Oh and gabriel, it’s a good thing you weren’t president in a past life.
    Work to build our country with values that truly honor life and SLAVERY will go away.
    Work to build our country with values that truly honor life and SEGREGATION will go away.
    Work to build our country with values that truly honor life and THE NAZIS will go away.

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