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Biography of ‘reckless’ Bobby Jr

Best-selling author Jerry Oppenheimer is writing the first biography of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. following the tragic death of his wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, last month. Oppenheimer — who’s written tell-alls on Hillary and Bill Clinton, Anna Wintour and Barbara Walters, and who released a biography of RFK Jr.’s mother, Ethel Kennedy, in 1994 — has signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press. He tells us of Bobby: “He had none of the movie-star looks of his glamorous cousin [John Kennedy Jr.], but he had a far more dramatic, far more successful, far more controversial and far more scandalous life.” He added: “I want to make it clear I am not out to do a hit job on this guy. Bobby was in his teens when he lost his father. He was so wild, his mother basically kicked him out of the house … he’s had a difficult life. This is a man who is driven by a lot of passion and also driven by demons, it is really a cautionary tale. He is a sympathetic guy, but he is also driven and ambitious and — what we know now about his relationships with women — rather reckless.”

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RFK Jr about the future of his family

Great news for Vanity Fair Last night at the Riverkeepers gala at Chelsea Pier 60, Bobby Kennedy Jr. told us we may soon face an inundation from his family in American politics. With the 2009 death of Ted Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy’s abortive senatorial bid the same year, we have been living in an America that for the first time in 65 years or so is without a Kennedy in political office. When Intel asked RFK Jr. if he had any aspirations to enter the political fray, he claimed that would be unnecessary. "Know what?" he said. "There’s 85 cousins in the fourth generation. About half of them say they’re going to go into politics. So I think that there’s, like, a tsunami coming." Speaking of geological events, has he seen the controversial mini-series about his family, The Kennedys? "No, haven’t seen it. You know, I heard that there were, like, problems with it. But I never saw it. But then people, people who have called me about it, like young people who don’t know anything about my family … it’s nuts. But I have no idea."

When we inquired about Donald Trump’s sham of a presidential run, he paused for a full eight seconds. If you’ve never been stared at by a Kennedy, it’s impossible to conceive of the tan-faced, blue-eyed glare of American history directed at your person. "I think the Republicans should decide about that," he said. At the moment, he’s all for Obama — well, with perhaps a qualification. "I’m going to support Obama," he said. "Although, you know, I hope we’re out of Afghanistan by the time the election comes around."

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