The truth about Caroline Kennedy, cont.
In addition to the stunning vapidity of her thoughts and flatness of her personality, Caroline Kennedy’s “you knows” are even worse than previously revealed. Margery Eagan in the Boston Herald has some remarkable quotations from the wannabe U.S. senator that will certainly end up in an anthology.
Caroline Kennedy’s like, um, you know …From Caroline Kennedy’s occasional public appearances over the last 20 or so years, I’ve always thought that there was nothing there. But I didn’t think that it was this bad. How could someone with her upbringing and elite education, who has moved in high-level social circles all her life, speak so poorly and show such a complete absence of personality? Does she, like, talk like this when she’s with friends and family and prominent acquaintances, or does she, you know, have hidden reserves of charm and wit that are the delight of her friends but that, um, simply haven’t come out in her recent, you know, interviews?
Also remarkable is that she is not of the X generation, when a certain flatness of personality and lack of affect came in, perhaps in reaction to the excessive self-involvement and drama of the Baby Boomers. No, Caroline herself is a Baby Boomer, born in 1957.
There’s something uncanny and mysterious about it. Perhaps it’s the price of being the child of extremely famous parents. You’re so overshadowed by your parents, like a small tree kept from the sunlight by a large tree, that you never grow into anything yourself.
I used to live in Massachusetts, where radio talk show host Howie Carr regularly played clips of Teddy and RI Congressman “Patches” Patrick Kennedy speaking. Listeners were awarded a prize for who could most accurately count the number of “uh’s” in the short clip. Two or three sentences often contained 30 or more. The contest was known as “Wizard of Uhs.”David B. writes:
Last night I talked on the phone with my liberal friend, Professor F, who had practically frothed at the mouth over Sarah Palin. The professor called Palin, “the biggest insult to our intelligence in recent history.” He says she is “dumb, dumb, dumb,” and there is “nothing there.”LA replies:
Have you sent him any of Caroline’s speaking samples and interview videos?David B. replies:
Yes, I did. Professor F. ignores negative facts about liberals. He said, “Her father wasn’t that articulate either.” Next time I talk to him, I’ll ask Professor F. if he ever saw any of JFK’s press conferences. F., by the way, prefers Robert Kennedy to John Kennedy. He is one of those starry-eyed liberals to whom RFK was a great principled liberal.LA replies:
He said that President Kennedy was not articulate?David B. replies:
Yes, he said that he “was not that articulate.” Professor F. always reflexively disagrees with what I say. It was similar to when, in order to excuse Reverend Wright’s sermons, he said that white religious conservatives “riot every Sunday”LA replies:
Oh, I get it. He thinks President Kennedy wasn’t a real liberal—therefore he was inarticulate.Howard Sutherland writes:
Professor F. says that George W. Bush is dumb, but that Caroline Kennedy is smart because she went to Harvard and Columbia. I guess Professor B has forgotten that GW Bush is a graduate of Yale and Harvard himself. How to resolve the contradiction? What Professor B must mean is that an Ivy Leaguer who goes Democrat must be smart, while one who goes Republican must be dumb.LA writes:
To be fair to Caroline Kennedy, she does not always sound so bad. Al Giordano has many quotations from the six interviews she gave after Christmas and though she’s a standard liberal she wasn’t always saying “you know,” and she even showed some wit in parrying dumb questions from the New York Times.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 04, 2009 05:00 PM | Send