Obama, the new Kennedy (JFK)

September 14, 2011

 

by D Robert Dunn

As I read a BBC.com article today, something struck me about this quote:

It was the goddamnedest thing.  Here was a young whippersnapper, malaria-ridden and yellah, sickly, sickly. He never said a word of importance in the Senate and he never did a thing. But somehow with his books and his Pulitzer prizes he managed to create the image of himself as a shining intellectual, a youthful leader who could change the face of the country.”

So you find yourself thinking that Obama never had malaria!  And did he win Pulitzer prizes?  Sure, “The Audacity of Hope” was a best-seller but it wasn’t that good!

You’re right.

The decorated book is “Profiles in Courage”, written by John F. Kennedy.

The ridiculed senator was John F. Kennedy.

The shining intellect, the youthful leader, the changer of the country—yep, John F. Kennedy.

The originator of the criticism of the president—none other than the vice president, Lyndon B. Johnson.

Of course, I could imagine Joe Biden saying the same things about his boss, absent the reference to malaria and Pulitzer prize.

Then again, the VP cannot boast of having been any more significant in his term in the Senate.

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Tags: Barack Obama, JFK, Joe Biden, John F Kennedy, President, Profiles in Courage, Pulitzer Prize, Senate, The Audacity of Hope, Vice President

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