Matt Lauer gave it the old college try with Caroline Kennedy today, using her appearance on the Today Show (to plug the Kennedy Profiles in Courage awards) as a chance to solve the ongoing mystery over why she dropped her bid to occupy Hillary Clinton's vacated Senate seat. A Vanity Fair excerpt of the forthcoming book Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died cited an unnamed "family adviser's" assertion that Kennedy's children had intervened and begged her to drop her campaign, telling her "that if she was getting this worked up just getting the job, they didn't want to see what she would be like in the trenches of a political campaign or a fight in Washington."

When Lauer asked Kennedy about her kids' role in the abrupt withdrawal, she replied, "Anybody who knows my children and knows me knows that that is absolute nonsense. But, you know, all in all, it was a great experience for me. I know you may find that hard to believe but I met a lot of interesting people. I saw, you know, how much there is to do." But why did she drop out? "That was the right decision. There are many ways to serve." Well, that explains it! Though many have said that Kennedy's patrician air and lack of political chops made her unfit for public office, the evasiveness she displayed this morning suggests she would have fit right in.

The awkwardness in the video above starts at the 3 minute mark, escalating to Kennedy's wickedly sarcastic "I'm so glad that you asked about that" response to Lauer's meddlesome, you know, questions.