* This passionate letter to the editor of the Daily News (NY) so eloquently expresses the disappointment and outrage many of us feel about Caroline Kennedy’s shameful treatment at the hands of the New York media, and especially, Governor David Patterson and his cronies, who still have some `splainin’ to do. (Read more here: “Watchdog Demands Investigation Into Kennedy Leak”, WCBS-TV, NYC)
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE AT TREATMENT OF CAROLINE KENNEDY?
Where is the outrage, the regret, the disappointment? OK, so at least some of us didn’t want to be represented in the U.S. Senate by Caroline Kennedy.
Whether it was because she says “Uh, ya know” or used some other slang in her verbal expression, or whether it was because we didn’t want her taking advantage of the Kennedy name, or maybe, we thought she just plain was not qualified — it does not matter! The daughter of a slain U.S. president, a niece of two U.S. public servants, one who was assassinated as he was running for president, deserves better treatment from a crude, somewhat rude press and their pundits. How can we have become so callous?
I was serving in the U.S. Navy on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Proud to be doing what I was doing if only because my president served faithfully and heroically as a PT boat commander in the Navy during World War II. At the time of his tragic death, we in the Navy overseas were totally immersed in President Kennedy’s “People to People” program, the president’s own method of spreading American friendship around the world. I was shocked as were my shipmates, as we cruised the Agean Sea, suddenly on high alert, our destination Athens, Greece, for a refuel stop. But for the churning engines the silence was deafening aboard my ship that day, that hour, that moment, that we were given the heartwrenching news.
Later we all watched on TV as Caroline, her father’s little girl, and young John Jr. marched in the funeral procession with their mother Jackie. To us, she was never Jacqueline, just Jackie. She was at that moment our heartbroken heroine — she now belonged to all of us. Grown men teared up as they watched. We regaled in Jackie’s courage and determination and how she had prepared her children to appear in public that day with stiff upper lip.
They all made us proud and we will forever pay homage to our president, patriot, war hero whom I will not forget and a love for his family to whom this country is forever deeply indebted.
We still love you Caroline for the burden of sacrifice you carried as a little girl to where you are now. I am sorry that we did not speak up for you when we should have. I apologize to you for the way you have been mistreated. You should have been able to expect more from us and we should have expected more of ourselves. All done in the guise of news gathering, the old adage “Good men need only to remain silent for evil to flourish” has again reared its ugly head.
There are certain people to whom this country will always be deeply indebted. We now seem to have casually shucked that debt much like we shrug off a minor obligation, our own citizenship responsibility. That is indeed a sad epitaph.