Caroline Kennedy’s recent e-mail to me

Cindy —

My father called on Americans to ask what they could do for their country.

Those who answered his call built a movement that transformed our country and brought out the best in our national character.

Barack Obama has followed in that tradition — dedicating himself to public service as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago and then as a state and U.S. Senator.

Now, Barack is calling on a new generation of leaders to get involved and help transform this country.

The Obama Organizing Fellowship is designed not just to help win this election, but to strengthen our democracy by training dedicated volunteers in communities across the country.

Answer the call. Ask what you can do — for this movement, for our democracy, and for this country.

Apply to be an Obama Organizing Fellow today:

Fellows will participate in an intensive and rewarding training program focused on the basic organizing principles at the heart of Barack’s campaign.

Then, in June, they will be assigned to a community where they will receive a minimum of six weeks of real world organizing experience that will have a concrete impact on this election.

Organizing is about more than winning votes. It’s an opportunity to help people realize the power they have to change their communities, and this country, from the bottom up.

Barack’s experience on the South Side of Chicago transformed his life, and he wants to share that experience with you.

The application deadline is Thursday, May 15th, so apply now to be an Obama Organizing Fellow:

Thank you,

Caroline Kennedy

The usual plea for money is at the end. And I feel so honored!

I have to ask, Caroline Kennedy, what have you done for your country?


  1. The fact that you are trying SO hard to slam Obama shows that you’re afraid of him.

  2. Huh? I thought this was about what you can do for your country…

  3. Yeah, lighten up Shawn. It is easier to try to make something out of nothing regarding Obama, than it is to make something bad into nothing like she would have to with McSame.

  4. Capper, you are name calling. How does that make you any different from Belling or Sykes who you abhor?

  5. name-calling? McSame isn’t so much slamming as linking him to Bush.

  6. I don’t know. I would’ve thought the whole Kennedy “bolstering” would have stopped by now. The Kennedys didn’t help Obama out when he needed them the most – Super Tuesday.

    Ever since then, their vote of support is nothing more than a wealthy family giving their personal kudos. Big deal ladies and gentlemen.

    Now if Obama someone that could get him votes he needs – like (cough)Bill Richardson(cough) – get him to do the e-mail…

  7. Greg, you’re a fool if you thought endorsements from the Kennedy’s were to influence voters.

    Those types of endorsements are to influence party insiders, bigwigs, etc.

    Plus, this was an e-mail to supporters (that I am guessing Cindy subscribed to so she could harpoon) who probably have, on average, more respect for Caroline Kennedy than the average joe.

    Though it didn’t get me all fired up, it was a part of the practice of surrogates sending out fund-raising emails (and in this case a call to arms) with a personal touch. It’s psychology.

    To assume that this was a pointed attempt to garner funds because she was a Kennedy is kind of a laughable assumption. She’s mainly a surrogate with name recognition.

    All candidates do it, EVEN John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

  8. No harpoon. The youngest and I signed up to get tickets to his Waukesha rally.

  9. Hey Shawn – I got the Caroline e-mail too. I guess I’ll just upgrade myself now to “party insider” who apparently puts a lot of respect into the Kennedy name.

    To have the Kennedys endorse Obama when they did was very clear to me: Obama wanted to get New England votes through the Kennedy name. It backfired, unfortunately.

    I’ll also note that you should tone down the criticism of one that very well could be on your side. But I should know better, Democrats lately don’t seem to care about who they attack, as long as their “side” of the aisle lands in the right spot. I think Dems need to remember the phrase “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”

  10. grumps says:

    From Wiki, to answer the direct question on the floor:

    Kennedy is an attorney, editor, and writer.

    She is one of the founders of the Profiles in Courage Award, given annually to a person who exemplifies the type of courage examined in her father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name. The award is generally given to elected officials who, acting in accord with their conscience, risk their careers by pursuing a larger vision of the national, state or local interest in opposition to popular opinion or powerful pressures from their constituents.

    In May 2002, she presented an unprecedented Profiles in Courage Award to representatives of the NYPD, the New York City Fire Department, and the military as representatives of all of the people who acted to save the lives of others during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    Kennedy is currently President of the Kennedy Library Foundation, a director of both the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Honorary Chairman of the American Ballet Theatre.

    She is also an adviser to the Harvard Institute of Politics, a living memorial to her father.

    That’s a CV of which one can be proud all on its own.

  11. Grumps, thanks for the info. I still question if any of this profile could have been accomplished without her famous father. She hands out awards, she sits on a foundation board. What has SHE done?

  12. Leapin says:

    JFK would have to be considered “fairly conservative” by today’s standards when compared to the Marxist/Socialist Democratic candidates.

  13. Greg, sorry i’m not a partisan hack. I criticize people if I disagree with them–regardless of their party.

  14. El gato says:

    I wonder if a Kennedy will ever get a real job and work for a living in the private sector? JFK was the last of the “good” Democrats! I was hoping to get that email. I was going to print it on a piece of tissue and then you know what I was going to do with it?

  15. Make 2,000 copies and plaster it all over your bedroom?

  16. Wow, when she wakes up, she already has done more for the country then most of the posters to this site will do all their life. Please……

  17. now i am proud to be an american again…
    congratulation to caroline…
    hopfully you will be the next new york senator

  18. Randy in Richmond says:

    From the tone of the email I want to know if I join up when will I get my brown shirt?

  19. Randy in Richmond says:

    Shawn Matson
    From your own logic, when you say Cindy must be afraid of Obama because she’s slamming him, one must conclude you are afraid of Sarah Palin because there are numerous examples on this site where you are slamming her.

  20. The Lorax says:

    I happened to stop by last night around 2:55. Haven’t we seen cathe around here before?

  21. Nope. She came in on a search for Caroline Kennedy’s e-mail. She didn’t seem very happy to be here.

    I don’t have any problem trashing a comment with the f word.