September 1, 2009, - 11:38 pm

VIDEO of the Day: You Stay Classy, JFK Granddaughter

By Debbie Schlussel

More proof that neither all the power nor the money in the world buys you class.  Here, it’s amply demonstrated to us by Ted Kennedy’s great-niece and President John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Rose Kennedy Schlossberg (daughter of Caroline Kennedy), demonstrates.  As much as I dislike Jenna Bush Hager, there hasn’t been nearly the fuss about this as there was about her sticking her tongue out at the press.  And this spoiled Kennedy (redundant) is doing this to the “little people” who are mourning her great-uncle.  Disgusting.

Full disclosure: I am related, by marriage of a close relative, to Maurice Tempelsman, the late Jackie O’s companion–yes, the grandmother of this middle-finger-salute-at-a-funeral brat. He is my uncle’s uncle (and he contributed to both my campaigns for the Michigan House–I think I was the only Republican to whom he’s ever given). He invested Kennedy Onassis’ money and made her two kids–JFK, Jr. and Caroline–very rich (while the rest of the Kennedy family’s fortune was far, far less). As a result, this little snot-nosed brat will, sadly, be provided for and will never need (dead uncle JFK, Jr. apparently left her and  her sibling $100 million to split). Given that, expect more one finger salutes from her in the future.  Oh, and by the way, she attends Harvard and is friends with Lindsay Lohan.  Shocker.

If this is American royalty, I prefer American trailer park residents.  Apologies to the many decent, hard-working, less fortunate people who live in trailer parks and don’t act the way Kennedys do.

Thanks to reader Jean for the tip.

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31 Responses

Wait sorry if I am wrong but did you say that you’re married to someone related to Maurice Tempelsman? Did you know this before you married your husband? Must make intreasting family gatherings, huh? If I got it wrong sorry but way too tired to think clearly

OIJ: No, I’m not married. I’m related to him through a marriage of another family member. I will clarify this in the post. DS

One Irish Jew on September 2, 2009 at 12:05 am

Have no use for any of that clan – not now and not in the past. A number of years ago young cousins of my husband’s who live in DC had occasions to meet young Kennedy’s and the stories they told about their behavior only added to my disgust. This supposed “Royal Family” is worse than any so-called Redneck trash one can imagine. I could go on . . . .

Jamie Shafer on September 2, 2009 at 12:15 am

Wow, thank you for this informative article—I wasn’t aware of this classy broad before this! One question though: What’s with the negative comment about Jenna Bush Hager? What has she done to you to make you “dislike” her??

sharon howard on September 2, 2009 at 1:15 am

They are reaping what they sow. As the Kennedys who were once a proud family with distinction of the 50s and 60s. All the male members actually served in the military. Very commendable. This family was what could be achieved. Then it unraveled. Unraveled because what was seen as compassion through Catholicism gave way to “social justice” through atheism. Privileged, pampered and now snots. When children are raised under the shadow of the teachings of Dr. Spock, (where parents are just spectators allowing children to explore the world instead of giving children structure and direction), these bratty children have no soul. Under what circumstances where a loved member of the family has died does one have no conscience to get a kick out giving some one the bird and laughing about it? Where is honor, dignity and respect? If she was angry and gave someone the bird in the crowd who was heckling her family, because she was defending the family honor that would be excusable.
Not only is this disturbing but rather common among girls and young women of the “Cosmo” crowd. Too many young women in this country have no souls. Many just read Cosmo and other Ho Bag magazines and are nothing more than children in grown up female bodies. Hollywood has taken the Lady out of women. It is no wonder men take advantage of these flawed, soulless women. Just look at all the celebrities and other young women who constantly get used and screwed by their dirtbag boyfriends or men. She is a symptom of a wider crisis of soulless women in this country.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 2, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I don’t agree that “if she was angry and gave someone the bird in the crowd who was heckling her family…that would be excusable.” Making obscene gestures is always tacky behavior. Tackiness can be tit-for-tat understandable and forgivable. If she had given the finger to some paparazzi that were pestering her outside a restaurant, it would be understandable. One’s great uncle’s funeral is an occasion for DIGNITY, for IGNORING hecklers.

    Miranda Rose Smith on September 3, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I was not aware that teddy kennedy ever served the USA as anything other than a whoring- drunk-arrogant-money grubbing weasel in the US Congress. What branch of the military had the misfortune of suffering through his presence???

    Sewsalot on September 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

[And this spoiled Kennedy (redundant) is doing this to the “little people” who are mourning her great-uncle.]

Although she shouldn’t have given the finger, we don’t know whom she was giving it to, meaning it may have been some insensitive joker in the crowd.

Norman Blizter on September 2, 2009 at 1:51 am

    The 56-second video clip appears to be slowed to about half speed, so that in that period the motorcade travelled a full 26 seconds. It is highly unlikely that Rose Kennedy could have kept her attention on a single person in the crowd that whole time. Besides, she didn’t appear to change the direction of her gaze through the 4+ times she flipped the bird. Even assuming, against the evidence, that she was reacting to someone in the crowd, anyone with a minimum of class and dignity would have courteously ignored that spectator, especially on this solemn occasion. Sorry Norm B., but however nmuch you believe the sun shines out of the Kennedys’ respective nether orifices, Rose’s behaviour betrays an utterly slovenly character.

    Nof49 on September 2, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Dear Mr. Blitzer: See my above comment.

    Miranda Rose Smith on September 3, 2009 at 3:35 am

I believe (having read the book 40 years ago) that Alexis deTocqueville believed in the innate nobility of the average poor (and free) American. I’d consider that particular Kennedy to be trash. And one eventually reaps what they sow.

Can anyone think of a “good” Kennedy? Maria Shriver out here is good, I believe. Eunice was good, having started the Special Olympics. The list is short, I believe.

Papa Joe was certainly no role model as a father.

Bill Brandt on September 2, 2009 at 2:14 am

I think the Kennedy’s are over-hyped, and I do not get the fascination with them.

mindy abraham on September 2, 2009 at 7:39 am

“I believe (having read the book 40 years ago) that Alexis deTocqueville believed in the innate nobility of the average poor (and free) American.”

Like the Kennedys, Oprah, etc., when you are rich and don’t have to be around them, it’s always easy to say that. Most poor people aren’t that noble from my experience and most deserve what they got.

(Debbie, “No, I’m not married.” Woo hoo!…there’s still hope for the smart, red blooded males.)

Jeff_W on September 2, 2009 at 8:53 am

I am pround trailer “trash”, but just black trash. Trailer are nice and i enjoyed it. Ny parents and siblings were all happy, working Americans, I prefer that life instead of the snobby rich folks who have the nerve to look down on us.
Jeff I’m as noble as any, and oh by the way, I’m sane.

btilly on September 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

That pretties picky criticism. Criticize liberal for real mistakes. She may have given the finger to a nasty sign. She applauded after giving the finger.

By way Joseph Kennedy would have rolled over in his grave knowing; one set of great grandkids had a Jewish father, his presidential son’s widow lived with a Jew, and Robert and Ted Kennedy did have a strong record of support for Israel. Yes I know Ted did help that asshole Obama win the nomination and his bill allows massive Muslim immigration to USA.

madman on September 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I know Robert Kennedy, may he rest in peace, was pro-Israel even before there was a Jewish state.

    Miranda Rose Smith on September 3, 2009 at 3:29 am

That pretty picky criticism
typo from above

madman on September 2, 2009 at 10:22 am

Not only does my family know Tempelsman, he’s also the uncle of one of my best friends.

I can vaguely recall seeing him in my childhood.

My card to fame – NOT!

Shy Guy on September 2, 2009 at 10:28 am

I have a very distinct, clear memory of the time when JFK Jr and actress Daryl Hannah came rollerblading into his grandmother’s funeral. Talk about a classy act.

You know, with Obama’s ears and the Kennedy’s giant teeth, it’s no wonder the Democrats are labeled as donkeys. Maybe they should adopt donkey from Shrek as their official mascot.

Steve Harkonnen on September 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

getting busy with the Lindsy Lohan! is that what a feminist looks like. I was wondering

Noah David Simon on September 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

I wonder who she was flipping the bird to. And doing this in a funeral procession? I guess she just needs to put the little people in their place. Perhaps she saw someone wearing a Ronald Reagan t-shirt.

Jarhead on September 2, 2009 at 11:55 am

The girl was shootin” the finger at the local Boston Fox TV station camera. Fox 25.

margie rosbin on September 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Why is this picture not on the front page of the New York Times? Thats right its just a rude liberal. There are so many of them that it is common place. Its not a matter of fairness
to opposing partys. With few exceptions, conservatives, not moderates I can’t speak for them, conservatives do not act in this manner, with the exception of this blog and a few other
conservative sites, no offense Debbie, folks here can vent as they see fit without recrimination, except for your use of whiteout.
If such an event happened, to say Jenna Bush Hager,
the picture would be plastered on the cover of every mag from
Acme Grade School Hot Chicks issue to Zebra Hides, the new leopard skin, mag. (Such is the state of the grocery counter mag industry.) Rarity of event would be the motivation not politics
Now about that investment idea you had, it was called what, Ponzi investments? Sounds good to me.

Rollie Robinson on September 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

“btilly”, I’m not at all putting down decent, hard working, freedom loving regular people. I’m one, myself.

I’m just saying there is no inherent “nobility” in poor people. I’m not putting down poor people, but most poor people are the ones draining this country with government handouts and crime.

If you have a good job and enough money to take care of yourself and your loved ones, that is nobility to me. Not to mention I’d think you’re much less likely to want the government to interfere in your life or to commit crime.

Jeff_W on September 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I heard a rumor that Ed Schlossberg converted out, proving that he is dumber than I thought. I also heard that his family did not approve of his marriage to Princess CAroline.

JulieJ on September 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Debbie, you are so right. Money can’t buy class. The Kennedy’s are living proof of that.

White Rook on September 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

If Sarah Palin’s daughter ever did that, it would be shown for years by the media. They are protecting this spoiled brat because she’s a member of the Kennedy clan. She is classless!

Jean on September 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, may she rest in peace, DID have class. SHE must have spun in her grave at the thought of such a tacky granddaughter.

Miranda Rose Smith on September 3, 2009 at 3:33 am

Typical, typical of these rich offspring who’ve done nothing in their lives but be born to these wealthy self-hating liberals. I’m so sick of the CNN/MSNBC/PBS specials on this “brilliant” Kennedy. Kicked out/flunked out of Harvard, left a young girl to die underwater, drinking, out of shape, falling down in Palm Beach with young girls (secretaries?) by his side. It’s downright nauseating. The publicity given to this senator from the MA People’s Republic who will probably continue to re-elect him or anyone related to him. A real joke and an embarrassment to our political system. At least the Kopechne’s (sp?) get the last laugh and hopefully are still enjoying the money he paid them to “look the other way”. Buried near his brothers in Arlington? Please…give me a break.

Marc A Snyder on September 3, 2009 at 9:19 am

You are all so funny. Writing about this spoiled little brat is a waste of energy. But what makes me really chuckle is the anger with which these posts are being made. So she flipped the bird and now you don’t “respect” her. LOL. You are ants to her.

And jealous much? “Reap what they sow.” HA! Honestly. You are idiots. She wont reap anything, she worth a freaking mint. If you’re rich, nothing bad ever happens to you. Its so rare that it becomes news and gets coverage on Perez Hilton.

Joe Schmoe on September 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

Re: Joe Schmoe & “if you’re rich nothing bad ever happens to you”. Sorry, can’t buy that. I don’t blame anybody for being grossed out at Jackie’s grand-daughter acting-out in such a “common” manner. Jackie was THE personifcation of good manners, elegance, restraint/repression. Her kids, compared to rest of Kennedy family, had reputation for being being pretty decent young people who, although not angels, were basically pleasant and well mannered.

I have known some pretty wealthy people in my lifetime and I have seen tragedy in their lives, that money can not resolve.

Here are some examples:
A very wealthy, eminent psychiatrist, a neighbor of my parents; did not seem to have much adversity himeself, unlike his troubled patients. One day, his beloved grand-daughter was returning from her vacation in Europe, when her plane was blown up by a terrorist. The Lockerbee incident. To say her grandparents were heartbroken is to put it mildly.

Another neighbor, a B-movie star of 1930’s/40’s had married a millionare owner of a boat company. Her grand-daughter, who was working in a 24 hr convenience store in FL got gunned down one night in a store burglery. She was working because she felt she needed the experience, because she wanted to. Her life gone and her wealthy family, again heartbroken

An uber wealthy heiress I knew of had led a grand life w/little adversity. I always thought her so crass and insensative. Before this woman reached her mid-60’s; she was felled w/extreme rheumatoid arthritis & in agonizing pain. She had also gone blind. Now, I ask you sir, what wealthy person can enjoy life when they are in chronic pain & blind? Further she became very obese which hurt her pride; even though she could afford to have her clothes custom made. She could not see them anyway, had to rely on an aide to help her dress.

As a child, I recall the little boy who was labeled richest kid in class/town. He had a chauffer bring him to school (he later transfered to a private prep school). He was a beautiful, charming kid whom everybody loved. In addition to being athletic, he was a natural leader & a man the ladie’s loved. When he was just 20 yrs old, his father who had been allegedly involved w/the “mob” became ill w/terminal cancer while his case was being tried. My young childhood friend had to watch his father, in his dying days, be taken out of the family home, on a stretcher to the hospital unit of the county jail. My friend’s Dad died just a couple days later. The young man lost his beloved sister to Leukemia before either were 25 yrs. His mother, once very wealthy, was now a widow w/hughe legal fees, grieving her husband and watching her pretty daughter die of Leukemia about a yr. after she lost her husband. Those are just a couple of cases. I know of more examples. Money does not make happiness. It can cushion life, however there are some things that can not be cushioned.

frosty7530 on September 3, 2009 at 11:49 pm

FROSTY7530: I understand that money cannot buy everything. Losing a child or having a bad sickness cannot be prevented by having money. However, money can buy some happiness. You never have to put up with crap at an office from bosses or co-workers when you are rich. You can choose to work, rather than be forced to work. It gives you a lot of security.

As for the Kennedy’s, their hypocrisy always bothered me. Ted Kennedy pushed for forced busing, but his children were in elite private schools. Caroline Kennedy campaigned to try and get people to send their kids to New York City public schools, but her own children were in elite private schools. Rose went to the Middlesex School (where I believe they have five children to one teacher). Caroline also praised a former Connecticut governor for raising taxes, saying that it “takes courage to raise taxes.” However, when you hear about her mother’s will, she had loopholes so that almost NO taxes at all were paid on it. Do as I say, not as I do, seems to be the Kennedy mantra.

Seeing Rose give the middle finger really made me mad. I know that she has the same liberal opinions that the rest of the Kennedy clan have (she convinced her mother to support Obama). However, you can be sure that HER future children will NEVER attend a public school. She will also never have to work a day in her life if she doesn’t want to, as her inheritance came almost tax free. In a way, the Kennedy’s have been giving the finger to America for almost half a century.

Jean on September 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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