Bobby Kennedy, Born This Day 1925, on JFK Assassination with Jack Paar; Also His Speech on Mindless Violence
He would have been 88 years old today. It is tempting and perhaps unavoidable to think of RFK in terms of the tragedy that ended his life. But I prefer to remember what he stood for, what he accomplished, and how he inspired so many during his brief 43 years on the planet. The mere title of his book, To Seek a Newer World was enough to become a rallying cry during his presidential campaign during the 1960's.
But it turns out the quote most often attributed to him wasn't really his. It was JFK who first paraphrased the line from a George Bernard Shaw play (Back to Methuselah). But when Teddy Kennedy used the quote to close his brother's eulogy in 1968, it became forever attached to Robert and can be found now on posters, email signatures, and even scribbled down the left arm of Taylor Swift.
In the end, it probably doesn't matter much who said it first. That it has been assigned to Robert Kennedy speaks volumes about his legacy. "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say, why not?"
Here's a clip from Jack Paar's Tonight Show interview with RFK four months after JFK's assassination. It is followed by a beautifully edited 6-minute presentation of his speech, "The Mindless Menace of Violence," from Mindwalker Studios. The speech was delivered, somewhat prophetically, only two months before a menacing act of violence brought an end to RFK's remarkable life.
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