Did you read that Caroline Kennedy article in yesterday’s New York Times, based on an interview the Times’s Nicholas Confessore and David M. Halbfinger conducted with Kennedy at a diner? Sense a little tension all around? (Like, in the way the reporters chose to end the article: “As things wrapped up, a reporter tried to pose another question, but she interrupted him. “I think we’re done,” she said.”)
Then there’s the transcript of the entire interview, online, which has Kennedy at one point “huffing” in response to a question.
NC: Do you think [your husband] will be around the state with you a little more than he was last year?
CK: Well it depends on what’s going on in his office. (Huffs.)
(“Huffs.” I wonder: Was that a weary sigh or a haughty harrumph? An irritated exhale or a snort — or sniff— of indignation?
More transcript highlights (defensive crouches, everyone!):
NC: Could you, for the sake of storytelling, could you tell us a little bit about that moment, like, where you were, what you said to [your husband] about your decision, how that played out?
CK: Have you guys ever thought about writing for, like, a woman’s magazine or something? (Laughter)
DH: What do you have against women’s magazines?
CK: Nothing at all, but I thought you were the crack political team here. As I said, it was kind of over a period of time, you know, obviously we talked about politics, we talked about what’s going on, we’ve been watching the team that the president-elect is putting together — Hillary Clinton is going to be a spectacular part of that team, you know, then there was a vacancy here, you know, just like everybody else, you know: who’s going to fill it, isn’t that interesting, there’s a lot of great candidates, you know, obviously I have become much more politically involved than I have in the past, so you know, I figure, why not try, I really think I have something to offer.
NC: But there was no one moment you can draw on —
CK: I know I wish there was, I’ll think about it.
NC: If there isn’t, that’s what it was, that’s fine too. We’re not the crack political team, we’re always looking for good anecdotes and good stories.
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.