Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Kennedy Endorses Obama

Caroline Kennedy evokes the memory of JFK in her Op-Ed piece in the New York Times.

To be Frank, I am not one of those who is enamored by JFK. The media and the hippie generation has white washed his accomplishments. I am still waiting for comprehensive critical look at his life. From the snippets I have read and seen; how his father was influential in his senatorial election, how Bobby Kennedy was a down right thug in the 1960 democratic convention (arm twisting votes away from Lyndon Johnson) and of course his infidelity and womanizing lifestyle. That is another story.

Caroline opens her piece with the following:

'OVER the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president.'

That is an interesting opinion. Kennedy did not have any sort of mandate from the voting public in 1960. The 1960 race was a close race between Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

'The electoral vote was the closest in any presidential election dating to 1916, and Kennedy's margin of victory in the popular vote is among the closest ever in American history. The 1960 election also remains a source of debate among some historians as to whether vote theft in selected states aided Kennedy's victory.'

She has obviously drank the cool aid and has a strong bias for reading history. She exhibits the same type of bias in supporting Barak Obama. In her piece she says:

'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 am not an Obama fan and the coverage of him by the press have been shallow and not critical.

Obama is no Kennedy.

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