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Robert F. Kennedy Recordings (Bobby Kennedy)

Sometimes thought of as 'the good Kennedy', Robert F. Kennedy had more in common with his mother, Rose, than with his father or even his older brothers

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Relationships between fathers and sons are notoriously complex. A father's greatest desire is to see his sons succeed, even surpass the achievements of their Old Man, and a degree of ruthlessness may enter to temper the situation. The Big Brother-Kid Brother relationship can be even more tenuous as it is often based on a combination of love and competition.

The media has long held a theory that the sons of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. came to manhood under some sort of curse. Kennedy Sr.'s family were leaders in Boston's Irish Catholic Community, but this background kept him separate from the "Boston Brahmins" who were seen as leaders of New England Society. Joe married Rose, Boston Mayor "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald's eldest daughter, and built a fortune through shrewd investments during the Prohibition Era. His ambition along with his status as one of the wealthiest men in the country made Joe Sr. a big wheel in the Democratic Party and he was closely aligned with Franklin D. Roosevelt

Joe and Rose had nine kids; Joe Jr, born 1915, Jack, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Bobby, Jean, and Teddy, born in 1932. Unsurprisingly, Joe's ambitions were passed along to his eldest sons, dashing Joe Jr and precocious Jack. Between these two sins, his business and political associations, and four daughters, Joe Sr. had a full plate by the time Robert F. Kennedy was born in 1925. Largely ignored by his father, Bobby tried to compensate by winning the favor of his older brothers who were enough older that they, too, had little time or attention for a kid brother. However, Bobby did become the apple of highly religious Mother Rose who imbued Bobby with a sense of purpose.

Robert Kennedy

It is easy to read more into the dynamics of the Kennedy boys and their father than may have actually been there. Joe Sr. was frequently absent while they were growing up because of business and politics, but the Kennedy Clan was a notably fun-loving and tight-knit family, albeit with individual quirks. Bobby took a paper route to demonstrate that he could stand on his own; any parental pride in the endeavor was squashed when it was discovered that the family chauffeur was driving him along his route in the Rolls Royce!

Bobby, Mama Rose, and the younger Kennedy siblings joined Joe Sr. in London where he had been appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Joe Jr. and John had attended prep school together and entered Harvard. Joe was an outstanding athlete while Jack was often bedridden with colitis. The younger Kennedy still managed to achieve a degree of athletic prowess on the varsity swim team and as a yachtsman. Bobby and Mama Rose sailed back to the US in 1939 so he could enter prep school. In her husband's absence, rose enrolled her favorite son in a Catholic boarding academy. Although his classmates referred to him a "Mrs. Kennedy's little boy Bobby", he earned a reputation for scrappiness as well as piety.

The older Kennedy boys were given commissions in the US Navy. Joe Jr. became an Aviator but Jack was the first to achieve distinction when his PT Boat was sliced in half by a Japanese Destroyer and the young officer's efforts saved his surviving crew. It has been put forth that Joe Jr. may have been jealous of the fuss made over Jack's medals and that led him to volunteer for what would prove to be a foolhardy if heroic mission that took his life over the English Channel.

The whole Kennedy clan was devastated over Joe Jr.'s loss. Joe Sr. transferred his political ambitions to John and began paying more attention to Bobby. Almost a year before Joe Jr. was killed and six-weeks before turning 18, Bobby enlisted in the USNR as a Seaman Apprentice. His background landed him in the V-12 Commissioning Program at Bates College where he would spend most of the War. He chafed at being so removed from the action, especially after Joe was killed. In December 1945, the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr (DD-850) was commissioned and Robert was allowed to disenroll from the V-12 program and serve aboard the destroyer during its shakedown cruise as a Seaman Apprentice. He was Honorably discharged in May 1946.

By the time Bobby got out of the Navy and entered Harvard as a Junior (he got credit for his time in the V-12 program), brother Jack was campaigning for a seat in the House of Representatives. Along with his studies, Bobby worked on Jack's campaign. After Jack won the seat, Bobby graduated with the Class of '48 and embarked on a six-month tour of Europe and the Middle East acting as a correspondent for the Boston Post. Several of the stories he filed covered Palestinian Tension at the end of the British Mandate. After the trip, Robert entered the University of Virginia Law School and married Ethel Skakel in June 1950. In the fall of 1951, Congressman John Kennedy, Robert, and their sister Patricia embarked on a seven-week tour of Asia. Because of their age gap, Jack and Bobby were not especially close growing up, but on the Asian Tour, they became close friends.

Robert managed Jack's successful 1952 Senate Campaign. At the end of the year, Bobby was appointed Assistant Counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations under Senator Joseph McCarthy (a friend of Joe Sr.'s). Although Kennedy was a staunch anti-Communist, he found McCartHy's aggressive methods distasteful and resigned in the summer of 1953. He went to work as an aide on Adlai Stevenson's campaign for the 1956 Presidential election to gain National experience for Jack's intended run in 1960.

John's Presidential Campaign, chaired by Bobby, was hard-fought from the Primary Race through the General Election. It took Joe Sr.'s urging for John to appoint his kid brother Attorney General, but Bobby soon filled the role as the President's right-hand man. As AG, Kennedy launched a dogged crusade against the Mafia and Organized Crime, especially the alleged corruption of Teamsters Union Boss Jimmy Hoffa. Additionally, many, if not most, of the Kennedy Administration's Civil Rights Initiatives were launched from Bobby's desk.

Bobby Kennedy

After the Assassination of President Kennedy, Bobby seemed to assume the mantle of "Keeper of the Kennedy Dream". He stayed on as AG until resigning to begin his own Senate run in 1964. The Democratic Leadership was highly enthusiastic to name Robert Kennedy as LBJ's running mate in 1964, but Johnson and Kennedy had long held a deep personal dislike for each other. 

Kennedy left the Attorney General's post in 1964, just days before the Democratic National Convention, to begin his own run for the US Senate seat from New York (he chose not to run in his home state of Massachusetts because his younger brother, Ted, already held the seat). As Senator, he continued to push a Civil Rights agenda and presented a plan to get the US out of Vietnam.

In the early months of 1968, Kennedy announced that he would not oppose incumbent Johnson for the Presidency, but by mid-March had changed his mind. On March 31, President Johnson shocked the nation with his announcement that he would not seek reelection, but Kennedy still faced a difficulty Primary Season as he went up against Vice President Hubert Humphrey and anti-War Senator Eugene McCarthy.

McCarthy had a strong showing in the New Hampshire Primary in the wake of the Tet Offensive before Kennedy joined the race. Humphrey had the backing of the Democratic Establishment. Kennedy's platform of racial and economic justice was embraced by many of the electorate. An impromptu test of Kennedy's leadership came on the night of April 4, when the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King was announced; he was campaigning in Indianapolis and gave an unrehearsed speech calling for unity of the races. Rioting broke out in 60 cities across the country but not in Indianapolis, which many attributed to Kennedy's speech.

After losing in Oregon to McCarthy, it became obvious that Kennedy's race was still vulnerable, so he put extra effort into the South Dakota and California primaries. His win in California on June 4 effectively took McCarthy out of the running. Around midnight, Kennedy addressed supporters in the ballroom of Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel, promising to heal Party divisions at the National Convention in Chicago.

Against the advice of his bodyguard, Kennedy chose to exit the ballroom via a shortcut through the hotel's kitchen. There, he was greeted by a line of congratulatory kitchen and housekeeping staff as well as a 24-year-old Palestinian named Sirhan Sirhan who was carrying a .22 caliber revolver. The Palestinian had objected to the Senator's unwavering support for the State of Israel, which he blamed for the problems his family has faced.  sirhan emptied his revolver, and a second of Joe Kennedy's boys fell to an assassin's bullet

LBJ had feared that his administration was doomed to have been "bookended by the Kennedy's". Richard Nixon was an admirer of RFK, and, to a certain degree feared running against him in the General Election; as it was the confusion in the Democratic Party after the Primaries, Kennedy's assassination and the Chicago Convention helped to sweep him into the White House. There is a report that when Bobby told Joe Sr. that he was about to run for President, the old man took it hard; "He no longer wished to see three sons as president, he only wished to see the last two alive."

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      42 shows - total playtime 8 hours 45 minutes
      1. Rfk 511104 Jack Kennedys Massachusetts Campaign Results.mp3
      2. Rfk 560222 Senate Labor Racketeering Committe.mp3
      3. Rfk 570000 Interrogating Jimmy Hoffa.mp3
      4. Rfk 590726 Meet Press Interview.mp3
      5. Rfk 590801 Interview On Senate Labor Racket Committee.mp3
      6. Rfk 610924 Meet Press Interview.mp3
      7. Rfk 630826 Nbc News Interviews.mp3
      8. Rfk 640000 Ineligibility President Johnsons Running Mate.mp3
      9. Rfk 640000 Speech At Columbia.mp3
      10. Rfk 640604 Visiting East And South Centeral Los Angeles.mp3
      11. Rfk 640721 Phone Conversation With President Johnson.mp3
      12. Rfk 640825 Resigning Cabinet To Run For Us Senate In Ny.mp3
      13. Rfk 640827 Speech At Democratic National Convention.mp3
      14. Rfk 640903 Official Resignation From Cabinet.mp3
      15. Rfk 641103 Phone Call With President Lyndon Johnson.mp3
      16. Rfk 641104 Interview Following New York Senate Race.mp3
      17. Rfk 650000 Upstate Report Interview.mp3
      18. Rfk 650415 Remarks At Unveiling Of Bust Of President Kennedy.mp3
      19. Rfk 660000 Deep Problem Of Poverty.mp3
      20. Rfk 660104 Ktla Interview.mp3
      21. Rfk 660316 Taking On Kern County Sheriff.mp3
      22. Rfk 670000 Interview On Vietnam Peace Negotiations.mp3
      23. Rfk 670000 World Conference On Smoking And Health.mp3
      24. Rfk 670515 Debate With Governor Ronald Reagan.mp3
      25. Rfk 670729 Interview Following Detroit Riots.mp3
      26. Rfk 671126 Face Nation Interview.mp3
      27. Rfk 680306 Speaking Out For Warren Commission.mp3
      28. Rfk 680310 Interview At Lax Airport.mp3
      29. Rfk 680310 Visiting Cesar Chavez.mp3
      30. Rfk 680316 Announcement For President Of United States.mp3
      31. Rfk 680321 Vanderbilt Speech.mp3
      32. Rfk 680323 San Jose California.mp3
      33. Rfk 680404 Ball State University Address.mp3
      34. Rfk 680525 Gun Control.mp3
      35. Rfk 680525 Oregon Presidential Primary.mp3
      36. Rfk 680601 Calif Primary Debate Agst Sen Eugene Mccarthy.mp3
      37. Rfk 680605 Final Public Interview.mp3
      38. Rfk 680605 Statement President Lyndon Johnson On Attack Rfk.mp3
      39. Rfk 680606 Frank Mankiewicz Announces Rfk Death.mp3
      40. Rfk 680606 Pierre Salinger Statement Following Death Of Rfk.mp3
      41. Rfk 680606 President LBJ Addresses Nation Death Rfk.mp3
      42. Rfk 680615 Ted Rosse Joe Kennedy Thank Nation.mp3
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      42 shows - total playtime 8 hours 45 minutes
      1. Rfk 511104 Jack Kennedys Massachusetts Campaign Results.mp3
      2. Rfk 560222 Senate Labor Racketeering Committe.mp3
      3. Rfk 570000 Interrogating Jimmy Hoffa.mp3
      4. Rfk 590726 Meet Press Interview.mp3
      5. Rfk 590801 Interview On Senate Labor Racket Committee.mp3
      6. Rfk 610924 Meet Press Interview.mp3
      7. Rfk 630826 Nbc News Interviews.mp3
      8. Rfk 640000 Ineligibility President Johnsons Running Mate.mp3
      9. Rfk 640000 Speech At Columbia.mp3
      10. Rfk 640604 Visiting East And South Centeral Los Angeles.mp3
      11. Rfk 640721 Phone Conversation With President Johnson.mp3
      12. Rfk 640825 Resigning Cabinet To Run For Us Senate In Ny.mp3
      13. Rfk 640827 Speech At Democratic National Convention.mp3
      14. Rfk 640903 Official Resignation From Cabinet.mp3
      15. Rfk 641103 Phone Call With President Lyndon Johnson.mp3
      16. Rfk 641104 Interview Following New York Senate Race.mp3
      17. Rfk 650000 Upstate Report Interview.mp3
      18. Rfk 650415 Remarks At Unveiling Of Bust Of President Kennedy.mp3
      19. Rfk 660000 Deep Problem Of Poverty.mp3
      20. Rfk 660104 Ktla Interview.mp3
      21. Rfk 660316 Taking On Kern County Sheriff.mp3
      22. Rfk 670000 Interview On Vietnam Peace Negotiations.mp3
      23. Rfk 670000 World Conference On Smoking And Health.mp3
      24. Rfk 670515 Debate With Governor Ronald Reagan.mp3
      25. Rfk 670729 Interview Following Detroit Riots.mp3
      26. Rfk 671126 Face Nation Interview.mp3
      27. Rfk 680306 Speaking Out For Warren Commission.mp3
      28. Rfk 680310 Interview At Lax Airport.mp3
      29. Rfk 680310 Visiting Cesar Chavez.mp3
      30. Rfk 680316 Announcement For President Of United States.mp3
      31. Rfk 680321 Vanderbilt Speech.mp3
      32. Rfk 680323 San Jose California.mp3
      33. Rfk 680404 Ball State University Address.mp3
      34. Rfk 680525 Gun Control.mp3
      35. Rfk 680525 Oregon Presidential Primary.mp3
      36. Rfk 680601 Calif Primary Debate Agst Sen Eugene Mccarthy.mp3
      37. Rfk 680605 Final Public Interview.mp3
      38. Rfk 680605 Statement President Lyndon Johnson On Attack Rfk.mp3
      39. Rfk 680606 Frank Mankiewicz Announces Rfk Death.mp3
      40. Rfk 680606 Pierre Salinger Statement Following Death Of Rfk.mp3
      41. Rfk 680606 President LBJ Addresses Nation Death Rfk.mp3
      42. Rfk 680615 Ted Rosse Joe Kennedy Thank Nation.mp3
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    42 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 8 hours, 45 min

    Robert F Kennedy Disc A001

    1. Rfk 511104 Jack Kennedys Massachusetts Campaign Results
    2. Rfk 560222 Senate Labor Racketeering Committe
    3. Rfk 570000 Interrogating Jimmy Hoffa
    4. Rfk 590726 Meet Press Interview
    5. Rfk 590801 Interview On Senate Labor Racket Committee
    6. Rfk 610924 Meet Press Interview

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A002

    1. Rfk 630826 Nbc News Interviews
    2. Rfk 640000 Ineligibility President Johnsons Running Mate
    3. Rfk 640000 Speech At Columbia
    4. Rfk 640604 Visiting East And South Centeral Los Angeles
    5. Rfk 640721 Phone Conversation With President Johnson
    6. Rfk 640825 Resigning Cabinet To Run For Us Senate In Ny

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A003

    1. Rfk 640827 Speech At Democratic National Convention
    2. Rfk 640903 Official Resignation From Cabinet
    3. Rfk 641103 Phone Call With President Lyndon Johnson
    4. Rfk 641104 Interview Following New York Senate Race
    5. Rfk 650000 Upstate Report Interview
    6. Rfk 650415 Remarks At Unveiling Of Bust Of President Kennedy
    7. Rfk 660000 Deep Problem Of Poverty
    8. Rfk 660104 Ktla Interview
    9. Rfk 660316 Taking On Kern County Sheriff
    10. Rfk 670000 Interview On Vietnam Peace Negotiations
    11. Rfk 670000 World Conference On Smoking And Health

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A004

    1. Rfk 670515 Debate With Governor Ronald Reagan
    2. Rfk 670729 Interview Following Detroit Riots

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A005

    1. Rfk 671126 Face Nation Interview
    2. Rfk 680306 Speaking Out For Warren Commission
    3. Rfk 680310 Interview At Lax Airport
    4. Rfk 680310 Visiting Cesar Chavez

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A006

    1. Rfk 680316 Announcement For President Of United States

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A007

    1. Rfk 680321 Vanderbilt Speech
    2. Rfk 680323 San Jose California

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A008

    1. Rfk 680404 Ball State University Address
    2. Rfk 680525 Gun Control
    3. Rfk 680525 Oregon Presidential Primary

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A009

    1. Rfk 680601 Calif Primary Debate Agst Sen Eugene Mccarthy
    2. Rfk 680605 Final Public Interview
    3. Rfk 680605 Statement President Lyndon Johnson On Attack Rfk
    4. Rfk 680606 Frank Mankiewicz Announces Rfk Death
    5. Rfk 680606 Pierre Salinger Statement Following Death Of Rfk

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    Robert F Kennedy Disc A010

    1. Rfk 680606 President LBJ Addresses Nation Death Rfk
    2. Rfk 680615 Ted Rosse Joe Kennedy Thank Nation

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