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Caroline Kennedy compares Obama to JFK

Caroline Kennedy says President Obama 'has the quality my father most admired in public life – courage.' Caroline Kennedy spoke Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.


Caroline Kennedy addresses the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012.

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 It was an important moment in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and it involved a betrayal of sorts: The Kennedys, America’s most storied political dynasty, turned their backs on their longtime alliance with the America’s other political dynasty, the Clintons, and endorsed the young U.S. senator from Illinois.

The charge was led by Caroline Kennedy, who early on, announced her support in the pages of The New York Times, in an essay called “A President Like My Father.”

On Thursday evening, Kennedy, 54, reprised that theme at the Democratic National Convention, drawing a straight line between the unfinished work of her father, John F. Kennedy, and the lifelong goals of her uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

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“Over the past four years, we have had a president who has committed himself and his administration to the values that made America great — economic fairness, equal opportunity, and the belief that if each of us gives back to this country we love, all of us work together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome,” Kennedy said. “Those are the ideals my father and my uncles fought for. Those are the ideals I believe in. And this election is about whether we will advance those ideals or let them be swept away.”


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