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AP: Caroline Brings Discretion To VP Hunt

From a besotted Associated Press:

[AP caption:] In this May 21, 2007 file photo, Caroline Kennedy is seen during the JFK Profile in Courage Award presentations at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Caroline Kennedy lives a very private life with a very public profile, the perfect skill set for her newest assignment as part of Barack Obama’s vice presidential search team.

Caroline Kennedy brings discretion to veep search

By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 13

BOSTON – Caroline Kennedy lives a very private life with a very public profile. It’s the perfect skill set for her newest assignment.

As part of Barack Obama’s vice presidential search team, Kennedy must function with the utmost secrecy in what is sure to be one of the most closely watched endeavors of this year’s presidential campaign.

The daughter of President Kennedy has sought and treasured privacy since her father’s assassination in 1963…

The sole remaining member of a White House family that continues to captivate the world, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg does not like talking about herself, nor does she appreciate those who do. But recently she has begun to shed some of her trademark shyness.

Kennedy served as cover girl for AARP’s magazine on the occasion of her 50th birthday in November. It fell on Nov. 27, just five days after the 44th anniversary of her father’s death. Her landmark birthday served as something of a wake-up call for many baby boomers who remembered her as the girl riding her pony, Macaroni, on the South Lawn of the White House.

Little more than two months after her birthday, Kennedy wrote an op-ed column for The New York Times declaring her support for Obama. It touched off three days of coverage that included a raucous rally with Obama and her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, in Washington.

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them," Kennedy wrote. "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."

Kirk said he was surprised that Kennedy has emerged as an advocate for Obama.

"I would never have bet a few years ago that she would be out on the stump for anyone other than her relatives, but she has been a force for Senator Obama already," he said.

Kennedy continues to make appearances for Obama. And now she is serving as a member of his vice presidential search committee. The committee chairman, Jim Johnson, resigned Wednesday. He faced questions about receiving favorable rates on three home mortgages totaling $1.7 million from the chief executive officer of Countrywide Financial Corp., which is under federal investigation as part of the subprime mortgage crisis.

The third member of the committee, former Justice Department official Eric Holder, has been in the spotlight for his role vetting President Clinton’s pardon of financier Marc Rich just before leaving office in 2001.

While Republicans have pelted both Johnson and Holder since their appointments, there has been no similar fuss over Kennedy, treated almost like a family member by a public that knows her only through the media…

Today she presents annual Profiles in Courage awards and preserves her father’s legacy with her work at his presidential library and at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mind you, this is the same Glenn Johnson who went into paroxysms over Mrs. Clinton’s magnificent handling of her campaign’s "hostage crisis."

And the selfsame reporter who got into an argument with Mitt Romney over whether Mr. Romney had lobbyists on his staff.

Caroline Kennedy lives a very private life with a very public profile. It’s the perfect skill set for her newest assignment.

But what does that even mean?

"I would never have bet a few years ago that she would be out on the stump for anyone other than her relatives, but she has been a force for Senator Obama already," he said.

Er, lest we forget, Ms. Kennedy hit the hustings for that other "Kennedy" clone candidate, John F. Kerry.

But who’s counting?

Also note that the AP photo at the top is from Mrs. Kennedy’s latest turn as the presenter of her foundation’s "Profiles In Courage" award.

As we have previously noted, the year before this selfsame moral paragon honored the America-hating duo of John Murtha and Alberto Mora with her foundation’s award:

Caroline Kennedy: In November 2005, Congressman John P. Murtha, a Vietnam War veteran and the ranking Democrat and former chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, galvanized debate about the war in Iraq by calling for the phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from the conflict. Murtha, who had voted in favor of the Iraq war, argued that American soldiers had become targets and “a catalyst for violence” in Iraq. His unexpected and dramatic reversal of support for the war put him at odds with military leaders, the Bush Administration, and many members of his own party. For his political courage and his dedication to principled public service, John P. Murtha was honored with the 2006 Profile in Courage Award…

Her "perfect skill set"? Her "discretion"?

From the Oxford English Dictionary:

discretion

I. [From ancient Latin sense of discretio.]
1. The action of separating or distinguishing, or condition of being distinguished or disjunct; separation, disjunction, distinction.
II. [In late Latin sense of discretio.]
† 2. The action of discerning or judging; judgement; decision, discrimination. 
† 3. The faculty of discerning; discernment.
4. Liberty or power of deciding, or of acting according to one’s own judgement or as one thinks fit; uncontrolled power of disposal.

We don’t think so.

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