JFK’s scion Jack Schlossberg honored President George H.W. Bush with the Kennedy’s Profile in Courage Award on Monday.
The 21-year-old Yale senior gifted the former President with the honor in person at Bush’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Kennedy grandson also brought along a pair of grey socks, emblazoned with President Kennedy’s face, for the sock loving 42nd President.
The 90-year-old was unable to make the May award ceremony in Boston and so Schlossberg had instead gifted Bush’s model granddaughter, Lauren Bush Lauren, with her gampy’s gift at the affair this spring.
The Democratic dynasty honored the one-term Republican President for his decision to raise taxes in 1990, despite his emphatic campaign promise — “read my lips, no new taxes” two years earlier.
“He had promised Americans no new taxes during the presidential campaign two years earlier and he was voted into office with that promise. But, he had also promised to serve his country, and he decided that was the promise he would keep,” Schlossberg said in May.
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Joe Kennedy: “Toured the North Attleborough Fire Department before our office hours over the weekend. Honored to have the chance to thank the station’s fire fighters for working tireless to keep our community safe.”
"He had a child heart," said his friend, filmmaker George Stevens. "A gentleness and playfulness and a trace of innocence." Robert Coles, the child psychiatrist who became a friend of RFK’s through their shared interest in poor children, observed that even as boys, the older Kennedy siblings were expected to behave like men. RFK, on the other hand, was allowed to be a child, and in some ways never grew up.
Kennedy once engaged Coles in an animated conversation debating the relative virtues of different flavors of ice cream — vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate (RFK’s personal favorite). On the campaign trail, Kennedy liked to end the day by eating a big bowl of ice cream (while at the same time sipping a Heineken beer). Kennedy was not unself-aware. Once, as a crowd pressed in on Kennedy, someone cried, “There’s a little boy there! Watch out!” The person was referring to a small child who had become caught in the crush, but Kennedy felt the identification instantly. Without missing a beat, he remarked, “Yes, he’s a U.S. senator.”
(Source: The New York Times)
Harvard student Conor Kennedy (20) traveled this summer to Cuba to dive one of the most pristine marine environments in the Caribbean—the Gardens of the Queen—to conduct ecological assessments of the coral reef ecosystem with Ocean Doctor. This article is the first in a five-part series.
I’m in Havana getting ready for an early morning trip to the Gardens of the Queen, the archipelago and reef complex 60 miles south of Central Cuba in the rich intersection where the waters of the Gulf of Mexico meet those of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The expedition sponsors are Ocean Doctor and The Explorers Club. Our mission is to gather data on the Caribbean’s last pristine reef system.
Today we met with former President Fidel Castro, who was an early and passionate advocate for protecting the reef. Castro told us that he had fished and dove the extraordinary reef over its entire 60 mile length. He began by telling us the history of a famous battle that took place on the reef in the War of Independence against Spain when an entire Spanish fleet was sunk by armored American war ships. His father came to Cuba as a Spanish soldier during that conflict.
He also told us about his personal evolution as an environmentalist. He began as an avid marlin and spear fisherman who slaughtered many marine species on the reef, assuming the oceans were infinite and could never be depleted. He next told us of an island rookery covered with Central American pigeons called torcaso palomas which he slaughtered with a shotgun and ate with great relish until he almost died after being poisoned by the toxic bark of the trees in which these pigeons roosted. Shortly after killing the doves he met with marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau. That meeting helped transform Castro into a committed environmentalist. He has committed to preserve 25 percent of Cuba’s waters from extractive fishing as Marine Preserves, while the U.S. lags, preserving less than 2 percent of our coastal waters.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of climate change’s loudest activists, said there should be a law that lets authorities punish skeptics and deniers - those who engage in “selling out the public trust,” he said, in an interview with Climate Depot during New York City’s recent People’s Climate March.
“I wish there were a law you could punish them with,” he said, in the videotaped interview. “I don’t think there is a law that you can punish these politicians under … [and skeptical politicians are] selling out the public trust.”
He accused politicians who failed to act on climate change policy as serving special interests.
“Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exist,” Mr/ Kennedy said, Climate Depot reported. “They are contemptible human beings.”
He then turned his attacks directly at the Koch Brothers, accusing them of “polluting our atmosphere,” he said, the blog reported.
“I think it’s treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous — yes, I do,” Mr. Kennedy said, Climate Depot reported. “They are enjoying making themselves billionaire by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail — I think they should be injuring three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals. Do I think the Koch brothers should be tried for reckless endangerment? Absolutely, that is is criminal offense and they ought to be serving time for it.”
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President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette married on September 21, 1996. They planned a top-secret wedding on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. The ceremony was attended by only forty family members and close friends, including Ted Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg.
The young couple married in a tiny wood-frame chapel that was formerly a slave church. It had no electricity; the only light came from candles and kerosene lamps. The bride looked magnificent in a 40.000 dollar floor-length white silk crepe gown that had been designed for the occasion by Narcisco Rodriguez.
The groom’s nieces, Rose and Tatiana Schlossberg, were flower girls and wore tea-lenth white linen dresses. His little nephew Jack was ring bearer. John’s cousin, Anthony Radziwill, served as best man, and Caroline Kennedy was maid of honor, wearing a high-waisted, navy-blue crepe silk gown designed by Narcisco Rodriguez.
The wedding proved to be a rare and cherished private moment for the couple. John did such a fine job of keeping things from the press that the joked he should be in the Secret Service.
We’ve had Jackie, Ethel and Joan. Now it’s time for a new generation of Kennedy wives.
Married to: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Cheryl Ruth Hines was born in Miami Beach, Florida on September 21, 1965. She married environmental activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on August 2, 2014. Cheryl is an American actress, comedian, producer and director, known for her role as Lary David’s wife Cheryl on HBO's Curb Your Enthousiasm, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards. She also starred as Dallas Royce on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. She is also a poker enthusiast with career winnings totaling $50,000.
Married to: Joseph P. Kennedy, III
Lauren Anne Birchfield is married to Kennedy descendant and Congressman Joseph Patrick Kennedy III (33), grandson of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy and son of former Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II. Lauren was born in Southern California to Marta M. Birchfield and Rev. James T. Birchfield. She graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a degree in political science and from Harvard Law School in June 2009. She studied abroad at Oxford University and was a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship. Lauren recently accepted a position with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts where she will focus on health care policy.
Married to: Matthew Kennedy
Katherine Lee Manning (1982) married Matthew Rauch Kennedy, son of Joseph P. Kennedy II of Boston and Sheila Rauch Kennedy, on July 7, 2012. Mat is the twin brother of Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, and a successful businessman. Kate, a graduate of Fairfield University, is a Director in Public Affairs at The Glover Park Group in Washington, D.C. Matt graduated from Stanford University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University. On November 11, 2012 Kate and Matt became parents to a baby girl, Lily Frances.
Maried to: Patrick Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy announced his engagement to sixth-grade history teacher Amy Savell (1975) on March 28, 2011. Amy was a sixth grade history teacher. As of 2014, Patrick and Amy are the proud parents of two children: Owen (b. April 15, 2012) and Nora (b. November 19, 2013).
Married to: William Kennedy Smith
William Kennedy Smith married Anne Henry, who had worked in arts fund-raising, in May 2011 at Tilghman Island, Maryland. In May 2012, a baby girl was born to the couple: India Rose Smith.
Robert Francis (Bobby) Kennedy III turned 30 on September 2nd. He is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his first wife, Emily Black. RFK III graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Environmental Relations. Kennedy has been active with various Waterkeeper organizations since 1999, including Hudson Riverkeeper, Long Island Soundkeeper, and Black Warrior Riverkeeper in Alabama.
He is considered to be a bit eccentric when it comes to the Kennedy bunch, known as much for the fedora he sports around town as his creative projects. After graduating from Brown, he directed a musical directed with pianist Eric Lewis and… well, puppets. He also likes rock climbing in Tibet and writing films in Italy. Will politics ever be in his future? According to the Huffington Post, not right now. “People that…get into politics too early, before they’ve had a chance to express themselves and kind of be free and do what they want to do, end up being the most corrupt politicians,” Kennedy said.