WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 — It was 1938 and a Liberty magazine headline asked its readers, “Will Kennedy Run for President?” The Kennedy in question was former Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, father of Joe, John and Bobby Kennedy.
Author Ronald Kessler observed that President Franklin D. Roosevelt believed America’s former representative to the Court of St. James had ambitions of being the nation’s “first Catholic president” by 1940.
Having met Joe Kennedy at a London dinner party, columnist Walter Lippmann described him as pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic. He noted that Kennedy “thinks that Hitler has every reason to go to war and is able to win,” adding that “all the English in their hearts know this to be true.”
As for American democracy, Kennedy said, “It’s gone already.”
He was eventually recalled by Roosevelt, who handily won re-election in 1940, while Joe Kennedy languished in obscurity.
Twenty years later, a Kennedy son would fulfill his father’s unrealized presidential ambitions.
The vanquished Democratic Party presidential contender of 2016, Hillary Clinton, appears to be pushing daughter Chelsea toward a life in “public service.”
According to the New York Post, a source high in the Empire State’s Democratic Party thinks Chelsea will “make a move sooner rather than later. What a great way to avenge her mother.”
But Michael Salnato at the New York Observer said, “Instead of moving on – and being better off for it – another Clinton in public office would broaden the party’s disconnect with working and middle class voters.”
Like Joe Kennedy, the forlorn Hillary is looking for a legacy.
In her concession speech last November, Mrs. Clinton said, “To all the little girls watching this, never doubt that you are powerful and valuable and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”
Little did we know she was speaking to her low-key and unassuming daughter.
And so, a top-notch news agency got right on the story. Variety, of entertainment news, called the former First Child and asked if she intends to follow in her mother’s pant suits.
Chelsea confessed to finding all the talk surrounding her political ambitions “rather hysterical” and that her “answer has never changed.”
She said every would-be politician must ask themselves one question: “Do you have a vision for what you want to do in this job?”
Mommy could have saved herself a lot of grief and humiliation had she considered daughter Chelsea’s probative question carefully and honestly.