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Caroline

I made a comment here two days ago and it never made it on here. I was going to say simply that Caroline Kennedy was a lucky person who has had a good life because she was born a Kennedy. I am a democrat and a lover of President Kennedy and the Kennedy family, however, Caroline had two parents who loved her and she has money and a great family and was fortunate for all of this. So I do not feel sorry for her at all. She is an adult who has benefitted from her father being President, but with those benefits comes the truth sometimes about years ago, so it is a give and take. Her father President Kennedy was the one responsible for his affairs becoming public. If he did not want his children to find out about his affairs years later, maybe he should not have had an affair with the intern. I admire President Kennedy, but I also have to be fair. This lady owes nothing to Caroline Kennedy and the Kennedy family. President Kennedy did. He was a great President and a great man, but it was his responsibility.

 
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1 Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:26
Cormac
JFK was a visionary leader in some ways, but I think you give him too much credit (or blame) when you say:

"Her father President Kennedy was the one responsible for his affairs becoming public. If he did not want his children to find out about his affairs years later, maybe he should not have had an affair with the intern."

Kennedy is surely responsible for his personal actions, but he would have to be a prophet to have known that taboos against discussing such peccadillos would be so utterly demolished in the half-century that followed. When he was alive affairs carried on by FDR, Eisenhower, and Churchill twenty and thirty years before were still not known. Indeed recent decades have seen the reporting of sexual liaisons and love affairs by public figures that had benefited from discretion and a blind eye for centuries.

The idea that the public has the right to know about the personal lives of political figures; the value placed on complete brutal honesty about sexual behavior; the dissolve of privacy and of public embarrassment over talking about such things - all these are revolutionary developments in the years following JFK's death.

However poorly we think JFK behaved in this instance, it goes too far to suggest that he should have had a reasonable expectation that the affair would have been found out and exposed. Actually, the reasonable expectation was just the opposite.
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On other points:

I, for one, can spare some sympathy for a woman who lost her father to violence when she was only 5 regardless of what he did for a living. That she then lost her surrogate father the same way at the age of 10; and that it all played out in the public eye seems to me to aggravate the misfortune rather than (as you suggest) somehow compensate for it.

Perhaps "this lady" doesn't owe anything to her ex-lover's memory or his family (not even discretion?) but doesn't she owe something to herself and to society? Doesn't she owe the decency to keep her personal life private? We are all quick to condemn JFK and others for their inappropriate relationships. But who is the bigger cad, the person who has sex with someone they shouldn't, or the person who brags about it to get attention and make money later?

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