Posts tagged Robert Kennedy
Posts tagged Robert Kennedy
AS THEY REMEMBER BOBBY
November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968
Robert Francis Kennedy would have celebrated his 86th birthday today. More than fourty years after his tragic death at the age of 42, the world still cannot forget this interesting but complex man, who will be forever young. Some poignant words about Bobby by the people who knew him:
AS THEY REMEMBER BOBBY
“The major difference between Bobby and his brothers is that Bobby always had to fight for everything.”
– Bobby’s wife, Ethel Skakel Kennedy
“He was the smallest and thinnest, and we feared he might grow up puny and girlish. We soon realized there was no chance of that.”
– Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (mother)
“Jack is too soft and forgiving. You can trample all over him and the next day he’ll be waiting for you with open arms. But when Bobby hates you, you stay hated.”
– Joseph P. Kennedy (father)
“Bobby was the most generous little boy.”
– Jack Kennedy’s lifelong best friend, Lem Billings. (To which Joseph Kennedy Sr. gruffly replied: “I don’t know where he got that!”)
“How would you like looking forward to that high whining voice blasting into your ear for the next six months?”
– Jack Kennedy, on hiring his younger brother Bobby to manage the 1960 campaign.
“Jack thought Bobby was too serious, a severe figure, and tried to lighten him up. At the same time, he thought Bobby was…the sacred one. He felt protective about him.”
– Chuck Spalding, longtime friend to both JFK and RFK.
“I don’t know what Bobby does, but it always seems to turn out right.”
–President-elect John F. Kennedy, shortly after winning the 1960 presidential election
“Up until the Bay of Pigs, Jack had more or less dismissed the reasons his father had given for wanting Bobby in the cabinet as more of that tribal Irish thing. But now he realized how right the old man had been. When the crunch came, family members were the only ones you could count on. Bobby was the only person he could rely on to be absolutely dedicated. Jack would never have admitted it, but from that moment on, the Kennedy presidency became a sort of collaboration between them.”
– Lem Billings, lifelong friend to the Kennedy brothers
“Everybody bitches about Bobby, and I’m getting sick and Goddamn tired of it. He’s the only one who doesn’t stick knives in my back, the only one I can count on when it comes down to it.”
– President John F. Kennedy
“You knew that, if you were in trouble, he’d always be there.”
– Former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis on RFK
“He had a better sense of what was important, and what was not, than anyone I ever met. Once he realized something was significant, he became the most deliberate, most thoughtful, most intense man.”
– John Nolan, Kennedy’s administrative assistant at the Justice Department.
“His most tenaciously maintained secret was a tenderness so rawly exposed, so vulnerable to painful abrasion, that it could only be shielded by angry compassion to human misery, manifest itself in love and loyalty toward those close to him, or through a revelatory humor.”
– Richard Goodwin, speechwriter, longtime friend and advisor to JFK, RFK and Johnson
“I always say—don’t try to psychoanalyze Bob. Look at what he said and look at what he did. He meant what he said, and what he did was incredible.”
– Ed Guthman, Robert Kennedy’s special assistant for public information in the Department of Justice and his first senatorial press secretary.
“I remember once John F. Kennedy talking about his younger brother. He was talking about the time when they were both a lot younger, and Bobby was small and jumping off the family sailboat. JFK said, and I quote, “It showed either a lot of guts or no sense at all, depending on how you look at it.” I think you can say that about Bobby’s entry into the 1968 presidential race. It either showed no sense at all, or a lot of guts. I think there were some of both of those factors present.”
– Ted Sorensen, policy advisor, legal counsel and speechwriter for President Kennedy.
“In every presidential election since 1968, we continue to listen for echoes of Robert Kennedy’s speeches which urged us to turn away from war, embrace peace, share the wealth and the resources of the land with the less fortunate, embrace the ideal of social justice for all, and put aside the divisions of race, age, wealth, militarism and the narrow partisanship that have come to divide us– and divide us still.I believe we will look at what he was about, what his politics and policies were about, what his motivations and commitments were about, thereby enhancing the record of his life and times for those who will come to this place to continue the quest. Today, we remember the man, who for many of us changed our lives, the man who changed the country and, had he lived, would have changed it again and again.”
– Bobby’s trusted friend and advisor John Seigenthaler
Bobby Kennedy in Japan, 1962
photograph by John Dominis
The uncanny resemblance between a father and his son..
The tale of two brothers..
Hickory Hill: Home to Bobby Kennedy’s exciting and joyful family.
American Icons John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) and Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968) continue to have a legacy of hope that still inspires many of us.
”In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shank from this responsibility - I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy , January 20, 1961
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Robert F. Kennedy, June 6, 1966
The family gathered ay Hyannis Port in 1944 with Jack’s navy buddies Jim Reed, Len Thom, Barney Ross and Red Fay (and their wives). One of the last pics of the family still intact. Joe Jr., incidently, is obscured by Red Fay’s hand at the left.
Old memories of Hyannis Port: The youngest Kennedy brothers Robert Francis ‘Bobby’ Kennedy (1925-1968) and Edward Moore ’Ted’ Kennedy (1932-2009).
Robert F. Kennedy
’ There’s no question about it. In the next fourty years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has, certainly within that period of time. Prejudice exists and probably will continue to do so. But we have tried to make progress and we are making progress. We are not going to accept the status quo.’
~ Robert F. Kennedy in ‘The Voice of America’, 1961
‘Why God Why?’ His brother’s death left Robert Kennedy shattered, trying to rectify his faith with such a tragedy. In his first public speech after Jack’s death, Bobby addressed a St. Patrick’s Day crowd in Pennsylvania, invoking his brother’s words about the “emerald thread” running through Irish immigrant history.
~ The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings