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May 5, 2012

“JOHNNY WE HARDLY KNEW YE”: Memories of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Getting Into Politics III.

Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 2 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.

The title of Chapter 2 is “Getting Into Politics”.

This chapter continues the discussion of JFK’s entry into the political profession in 1946.

O’Donnell & Powers write:

“One notable figure from Boston’s political past who enjoyed mingling (in JFK’s congressional campaign)was Grandfather (John F. “Honey Fitz”) Fitzgerald.”

They say that Honey Fitz was around all day.  He told of his own experiences in politics, gave advice to JFK’s speech writers, & often sang his signature “Sweet Adeline.”

And yet, according to the authors, JFK was a far cry from the traditional Boston pols like his own grandfather.  

JFK had an “air of quiet refinement” & “sincere platform manner.”

This chapter includes the following quote:

“After a half a century of oafishness….this attractive, well-spoken, graceful, witty, Celtic, Harvard-bred & very rich young man was what every suburban matron would like her son to be.”

Francis Russell

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