November 20, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY
Brookline, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Robert Francis Kennedy would have been 87 years old today.
Bobby was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the 7th child of Joseph P. & Rose F. Kennedy.
Bob Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy in WWII & earned a degree in government from Harvard in 1948.
In 1950, Robert F. Kennedy married Ethel Skakel of Greenwich, Connecticut.
A year later, RFK received a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School & in 1952 served as manager for brother Jack's successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.
In 1953, Bob was on the staff of Joseph McCarthy's subcommittee on investigations & later was Chief Counsel for the Senate Rackets Committee.
In 1960, RFK managed Jack's successful presidential campaign & in 1961 became President Kennedy's attorney general.
In that position, the JFK Library says that Bobby became JFK's "closest adviser & confidant."
After JFK's death, RFK was elected as a U.S. senator from the state of New York.
In 1968, after having won the California primary in a bid to win the Democratic nomination for President, Robert F. Kennedy was shot.
RFK died in Los Angeles, California on June 6, 1968 & was laid to rest in the Kennedy plot at Arlington National Cemetery. He was just 42 years old.
During his presidential campaign, RFK spoke out against the war in Vietnam & championed the cause of the poor & downtrodden.
In most of his speeches he paraphrased the words of George Bernard Shaw by saying....
'Some men see things as they are & say why. I dream things that never were & say, why not?'
J. Edgar Hoover & RFK
White House Rose Garden
May 7, 1963
Photo by Cecil Stoughton
JFK Library Image
John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, Boston, Massachusetts