unite behind Barack
OBAMACANS Julie Nixon-Eisenhower (left), daughter of and wife of ’s grandson Dwight David Eisenhower II, and her sister-in-law Susan Eisenhower (right), granddaughter of President Eisenhower, share an admiration for Democratic frontrunner .
A Nixon for Obama … after another Eisenhower,
Kennedy clanfolk all endorse Land of Lincolner
By MICHAEL LUO
IF THE children who have inhabited the White House are America’s princes and princesses, already got a head start in collecting royal blessings with ’s endorsement earlier this year.
Fast-forward to history: Aside from the endorsement of ’s granddaughter Susan, plus Democratic President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Ms. Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg, there are also those of ’s younger brother Sen. Edward “ , his son R . , and the first lady of California – Republican Gov. ’s wife Maria Shriver Kennedy.
But soon after Ms. Kennedy made her very public endorsement at the end of January, one of her predecessors of Republican lineage made her own private one. Yes, is an Obamacan.
Just before the crush of states that voted on Feb. 5, Ms. Eisenhower, one of two daughters of rival and his wife Pat, made a $1,000 contribution to Mr. Obama, according to campaign finance records.
Two weeks later, she gave another $1,000. And early last month, she donated another $300, reaching the contribution limit for individuals for the primary.
Back in 1968, just prior to her father entering the . Eisenhower, then 20, married Dwight David Eisenhower II, the grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a ceremony at Marble Collegiate Church in officiated by . Nixon had been Eisenhower’s vice president, and the pair met as children.
In her decision to give to Mr. Obama, Ms. Eisenhower might have been influenced by her sister-in-law, Susan Eisenhower, who wrote an Op-Ed for the in February entitled, “Why I’m Backing Obama,” alluding to how her grandfather, who with Nixon as his running mate, delivered the White House to Republicans after a 20-year drought, was able to attract cross-over support from Democrats.
, who wrote a biography of her mother and is active in civic causes in the Philadelphia area, has given sporadically over the years to Republican candidates and committees, according to campaign finance records.
She gave $1,000 to and another $1,000 to the , for instance, in the 2004 election cycle. In the 2000 presidential race, she donated $1,000 to ’s unsuccessful run.
But what about her older sister, Tricia?
Politics may be contributing to a family feud. The two Nixon offspring clashed several years ago over the administration of the Richard Nixon Library, before the pair settled a lawsuit in court-ordered mediation.
is married to Edward F. Cox, a New York lawyer who briefly ran against for her Senate seat in 2005 and was ’s New York state chairman for the primary.
Staying true to her Republican roots, Ms. Cox gave $4,600 to Mr. McCain last year.