Michael Moore’s Dream Ticket: Obama-Kennedy

August 20, 2008

carolinekennedy.jpgWASHINGTON – With campaign observers in a frenzy awaiting the impending results of the 2008 vice presidential sweepstakes, filmmaker Michael Moore has stepped up with a provocative plea to an advisor to Barack Obama: “Caroline, Pull a Cheney!”

That would be Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, and the head of the group searching to find a running mate for the Democratic nominee.

“I cannot think of a more winning ticket than one that reads: “OBAMA-KENNEDY,” Moore wrote in an open letter to Kennedy posted on his Web site.

Moore, whose documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” went after President George W. Bush’s administration, apparently is discouraged by the fact that Kennedy’s name has not come up in discussions of vice presidential candidates.

“What Obama needs is a vice presidential candidate who is NOT a professional politician but someone who is well-known and beloved by people across the political spectrum,” Moore wrote.

“This is the moment, Caroline. Seize it!” the writer-director says urging Kennedy to take a cue from the current vice president.

Dick Cheney was heading Bush’s vice presidential search committee in 2000 before he became the candidate’s choice to fill the No. 2 slot on the Republican ticket.

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 – Photo credit, right: Reuters/ Brian Snyder (Kennedy speaks at the 2008 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston in May 2008..)


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Obama might have to choose a woman, since he doesn’t seem to get along too well with other guys.

Posted by Mary O’Brien | Report as abusive

WOW!! Wouldn’t that be terrific!! Caroline Kennedy is a very intelligent, smart, and an intellectual; I suspect that, while she has been out of the political limeline until 2008, she is well-versed on political know-how. I, too, think an Obama-Kennedy ticket would blow McCain away!! Wouldn’t it be a big and pleasant surprise to find out Senator Obama has actually chosen Carline Kennedy as his running mate! Then Caroline could run for president in 2016!! She will have gained “actual experience” to fill the office of the presidency. Folks, Caroline Kennedy, the future President of the United States!! Wouldn’t tht be something??

Posted by NinaK | Report as abusive

Absolutely brilliant! An Obama-Kennedy ticket! Perfect!

Posted by Edna Porter | Report as abusive

When I read the headline I assumed it referred to *Edward* Kennedy, not Caroline. Has Michael Moore thought through his idea? A heartbeat from the Presidency and he wants an untested relative of a former president on the basis of a blood link? However “beloved” (which I greatly doubt), Caroline Kennedy would be a ridiculous choice. There is only one female possibility and we all know who that is.

Posted by David Cunard | Report as abusive

Brilliant idea. She is bright, articulate, great intelligence. She is a person, not a “politician.” She brings the cachet of the Kennedy name and a father who led this country with a new vision.

Posted by reinaldo da silva | Report as abusive

I’d much rather see an untested relative of a former president who has a blood link than an untested relative of a former president who has a marriage link! Besides, Caroline’s 42 years of experience trump Clinton’s mythical 35 years of experience.

Posted by Anne | Report as abusive

To kill the child it is enough to buy the goods from the USA (under the licence or with accessories from the USA), Georgia, Ukraine and other countries of supporting terrorist Saakashvili and a genocide in South Ossetia.

Posted by Ron | Report as abusive

Hold that thought folks, sure the stickers and signs would look great and I don’t doubt C. Kennedy intellect or ability. However in a campaign where McCain is trying to paint Obama as an ultra-liberal is it a good idea to attach the Kennedy name? Remember that most Americans have very short memories and the name is now linked to Edward (the ultra-liberal from Ma.) JFK may be revered by most but how will this play down south? McCains other big dig (small Ma. pun) on Obama has been experience or lack there of. Is it a good idea to put another newbie on the ticket? Obama must pick someone who can help cancel out these criticisms. Personally I think his best choice is Bill Richardson, a person with international and energy experience not to mention a draw for the latino vote that McCain seems to be doing well at attracting. Let’s not get all idealistic and forget how the game is played.

Posted by Eric Hopkins | Report as abusive

I agree, brilliant idea. We need new blood and a new direction.

Posted by Ken | Report as abusive

yup! caroline is perfect, kennedys outrank clintons any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Posted by do it | Report as abusive

You folks are scary. We’re electing the President of the United States, not the President of United Way. If “bright”, “articulate” and well dressed are really the criteria, let’s just have the editor-in-chief of Vogue become the President and skip the painful elections altogether.

Posted by Jack | Report as abusive

Jack is correct – Caroline Kennedy does not have the necessary experience or credentials to become vice-president, let alone President of the United States should something befall a potential President Obama. Working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, for example, being Honorary Chairman of the American Ballet Theatre, are hardly the qualifications for the most powerful office in the world. Social outranking may be fine for New York Society, but in no way does Mrs Schlossberg outrank Mrs Clinton politically.

Posted by David Cunard | Report as abusive

Obama and McCain will help ruin the country even more than it already is. Add a Kennedy ….great….I wish more Americans wanted to be real Americans and support our Constitutional Republic, personal freedoms, liberty, and sovereignty. It seems most Americans like the idea of entitlements, fascism, and socialism. And that’s just too bad. Obama nor McCain will not ever do anything to return us to a Constitutional Republic.
Americans should be backing Dr. Ron Paul.

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Posted by Devin Partyka | Report as abusive

Hello Americans?

You can’t be serious.

You’re country is in a disastrous state, your economy will soon be grounded. And you talk about fresh wind coming trough a blood-line. Well since Bush 2nd, we know that th US are a hereditary monarchy.

What America needs now (from my point of view) is an experienced economist.
Mc Kain and Obama aren’t the right ones, you need someone like Warren Buffet.
(Not Greenspan and not Bernanke, they did/do a terrible job)

Greetings from Switzerland

Posted by Peter | Report as abusive

OK since we’re dreamin and don’t care if we loose, why not go for broke and make it Oprah. Maybe she can work out a deal with GM where anyone who votes for the dream ticket gets the chance to win a free hybrid carrrrrrrrr!

Let’s hope Obama knows better puts his ego aside and makes it Obama/Clinton.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

Yes, it is brilliant. The electorate has to have an emotional connection with the canditates and Caroline Kennedy can provide that. Also as a sidenote:

www.obamakennedy08.org and www.obamakennedy2008.org both point to www.barackobama.com

www.obamakennedy08.com and www.obamakennedy2008.com are taken (ie: Network Solutions wont let you register them) but are down.

Posted by RN | Report as abusive

Marvelous thought. The Bush administration has destroyed the foundation for many of our liberties and the Karl Rove bunch continues to ressurrect Dr. Goebels in a manner that undermines our election process. What we dearly need is the intelligence, demenor and honesty of a Caroline Kennedy. If not the Vice Presidency, then at the very least we need her to head the Justice department.

Posted by Lanny R. North, Honolulu Hawaii | Report as abusive

Wow…If Obama picks any women besides Clinton his boat won’t leave the port, it will sink…
The ONLY saving grace this man has is Colin Powell…period
He is the ONLY one who will be able to lift Obama out of the 5 foot mountain of mud he buried himself into on Saturday night.
Good luck to all of you in November because McCain is no longer in a so called “struggle” to make it to the top.

Posted by Jennifer | Report as abusive

The highest office in the land is no business for show business…it’s for real. Hello Hollywood. Do you read me? Earth to Hollywood…

Posted by Elizabeth Kinney | Report as abusive

Michael MO_ORON – You and other of your ilk are a MAJOR reason that I vote Republican – what an idiot…

Posted by Donnie B | Report as abusive

“The media is reporting that Senator Obama has narrowed his alternatives to three men: Joe Biden, Evan Bayh and Tim Kaine. They’re all decent fellows, but they are far from the core of what the Obama campaign has been about: Change. Real change. Out with the old. And don’t invade countries that pose no threat to us.

Senators Biden and Bayh voted for that invasion and that war, the war Barack ran against, the war Barack reminded us was the big difference between him and Senator Clinton because she voted for the war and he spoke out against it while running for Senate (a brave and bold thing to do back in 2002).

For Obama to place either of these senators on the ticket would be a huge blow to the millions that chose him in the primaries over Hillary. He will undercut one of the strongest advantages he has over the Hundred-Year War senator, Mr. McCain. By anointing a VP who did what McCain did in throwing us into this war, Mr. Obama will lose the moral high ground in the debates.”

– Another interesting part of the letter.

Posted by ALS | Report as abusive

Pick her because her Dad was President? Sounds like Monarchy to me. Wait, oh yeah — that’s what they did in North Korea, isn’t it?

Posted by WaltPgh | Report as abusive

As our good friend Tester nominates the Montana governor for Obadias’s veep on MSNBC, I have got to admit that about a year ago, while on a long bike ride, I waxed poetic with my riding mates about my dream ticket Obama Schweitzer for eight years, then Schweitzer/Obama for the next eight.

Posted by africandream | Report as abusive