Thursday, August 9, 2012

Looked at life from both sides now...

From the book After Camelot - A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present (2012), pages 70-71, by J. Randy Taraborrelli:
"..On the political front, who can say what kind of President Bobby Kennedy might have been had he run and won the election that fateful year? '[Bobby] achieved something special in that last campaign,' observed Bobby's son Max - who was just three when his father died. 'It was the first time Americans in the middle class and the poorest Americans were really brought together. Men and women from all sorts of racial and economic backgrounds joined together in that campaign. I have always found it striking that after June 4, 1968, many of the Americans who supported my father supported George Wallace, not because of the latter's racial views but because he was the voice of the middle- and the lower-middle-class-worker. Wallace, however, appealed to the dark side of their hopes. I believe that there is a dark side to every American and it is easier perhaps for politicians to appeal to that darker side, but we are all also receptive to what is best in us. Robert Kennedy chose to appeal to the light.'..."
History lesson: Robert Kennedy was assassinated just after midnight June 5, 1968 while running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
HNJJ commentary: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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