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A polished Caroline Kennedy speaks as she should have in 2008

JFK’s daughter won the hearts of DNC convention delegates Thursday night, touching on the death of her father and the political legacy of her family.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Caroline Kennedy just finished speaking to the Democratic National Convention and, very obviously, won the hearts of the delegates and television audience.

With a polished delivery and not a single pause or a mis-step, the 55-year-old New York lawyer was cheered with passion by the convention delegates. And what many obviously felt was, if only Caroline Kennedy could have spoken so well in 2008, she might have secured the appointment to Hillary Clinton‚??s Senate seat.

At the time, Kennedy was widely boomed as the appointed successor to Clinton, who had just been named as Barack Obama‚??s secretary of state. Her uncle, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), reportedly called then-New York Gov. David Paterson to lobby on behalf of his niece for the appointment.

However, in a major televised interview, the daughter of John and Jacqueline Kennedy rambled, spiced her answers with ‚??uhs‚?Ě and did not speak well at all. Her lack of prowess as a speaker was widely reported and within days, Paterson gave the appointment to present Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

In her remarks Thursday, the daughter of the 35th president praised President Obama, whose 2008 campaign she and her family supported early, and invoked the name of her father, a beloved icon in the Democratic Party. Touching on her father‚??s assassination a year before he was set to seek re-election, the 55-year-old Kennedy said ‚??my father couldn‚??t be a candidate for re-election,‚?Ě but his work was carried on by ‚??his brothers and others.‚?Ě Sounding very much like her father in his 1961 inaugural address, she then gave a stirring call for action to this generation of Americans.

Shortly after her interview, her son John Kennedy Schlossberg — JFK‚??s only grandson and son of Caroline and husband Ed Schlossberg — gave his first-ever interview, to CNN. Already the talk of the Yale sophomore, who looks so much like his grandfather, has begun. On the same evening, Caroline‚??s cousin Joseph P. Kennedy, III won the Democratic primary in Massachusetts for the seat of retiring Rep. Barney Frank.

Had Caroline Kennedy spoke four years ago as she did in Charlotte Thursday night, she might well have come to this convention as ‚??Sen. Kennedy.‚?Ě But it now appears as though time has passed her by for the next generation of Kennedys.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ‚??the man who knows everyone in Washington‚?Ě and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what‚??s going on in the nation‚??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ‚??Gizzi on Politics‚?Ě and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ‚??Gizzi‚??s America,‚?Ě video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John‚??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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