It was a silentstare downbetween two presidents’ daughters Monday in that murky swamplandof North Jersey, as Caroline Kennedy and Chelsea Clinton took up opposing positions on either side of a rain-splattered Hackensack River.
Kennedy sat on a stool on stage with Sen. Barack Obama, lending the campaign not only her presence as a Kennedy but as the daughter of President John F. Kennedy.
A little later, the Sen. Hillary Clinton campaign stationed Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the senator and former President Bill Clinton, in the Tick Tock Diner, a bridge and short span of highway removed from Kennedy.
Clinton’s 11th hour placement, right in the path of reporters and crowd drift from the Obama campaign, was a handlers-heavy appearance which yielded little quotable material from the media shy former first daughter, according to observers.
In her appearance at the Meadowlands with Obama, Kennedy didn’t speak to the crowd, but the words from her initial endorsement of Obama circulated on a glossy piece of Obama campaign literature and, incidentally, containeda back-handed dissof Chelsea Clinton’s father:
“I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president – not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.”