Sunday, November 20, 2005

Robert F. Kennedy, Sr.: A Life Remembered

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Today marks what would have been the 80th birthday of the former Attorney General and United States Senator. Robert Francis Kennedy, Sr. was born November November 20, 1925 and was killed on June 5, 1968, right after he spoke at the victory party in the California primary. Though he no longer lives with us today, his ideals and passion goes on.

Kennedy served as Attorney General for his brother's administration and ultimately left then-President Johnson's administration in 1964. He moved to New York where he ran for the United States Senate in 1964. He would serve until his untimely death in 1968. Unlike his brother, Senator Kennedy was opposed to the conflict in Vietnam and was an advocate against the conflict. On March 18, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Sr. announced that he would run for president.

It is hard to imagine what the world would have been like had he not been killed. I believe that he would have been elected President of the United States if he wasn't killed. He was an inspiration to many of us, myself included.

Here are some of his notable quotes. Here is one on leadership:
People are selfish, but they can also be compassionate and generous, and they care about the country. But not when they feel threatened. That's why this is such a crucial time. We can go in either direction. But if we don't make a choice soon, it will be too late to turn things around. I think people are willing to make the right choice. But they need leadership. They're hungry for leadership.
Senator Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy had some remarks that were shown on C-SPAN along with Senator Barack Obama.

Just like his brother Jack, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President Abraham Lincoln, his life on this planet is a blessing though it was short-lived.

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