Caroline Kennedy on Principles & Values


Like Chelsea, protected from childhood public scrutiny

Jackie Kennedy had been an early supporter of Bill's. Not only had Jackie been a superb First Lady, bringing style, grace and intelligence to the White House, she also had done an extraordinary job raising her children. I asked her advice about bringing up children in the public eye.

Jackie told me what she had done to protect her children, Caroline and John. Providing Chelsea with a normal life would be one of the biggest challenges Bill and I faced, she told me. We had to allow Chelsea to grow up and even make mistakes, while shielding her from constant scrutiny. Her own children, she said, had been lucky to have so many cousins, natural playmates and friends, many of them with fathers in the public eye, too. She felt it would be much harder for an only child.

"You've got to protect Chelsea at all costs," Jackie said. "Surround her with friends and family, but don't spoil her. Don't let her think she's someone special or entitled."

Source: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, p.135-136 Nov 1, 2003

Awards "Profiles in Courage" for acting on principle

In Profiles in Courage , my father told the stories of eight senators who acted on principle and in the national interest, even though it put their own political careers at risk. Each of these men displayed a rare form of courage, sacrificing their own future, and that of their families, to do what they believed was right for our country. Their example comes down to us across the years, their stories are part of our history, and their spirit lives on.

The John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award is presented annually to an elected official who carries on this tradition. When we created the award in 1990, some doubted we would be able to find politicians worthy of the honor. They were wrong.

The courage celebrated here comes in many forms. It is the courage to compromise, as well as the courage to stand alone, the courage to cross party lines and build consensus, as well as the courage to stay the course.

Source: Profiles In Courage For Our Time, by Caroline Kennedy Apr 30, 2003

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