Tuesday, November 20, 2007

November 20, 1925:

Robert Kennedy's Birthday

Robert Francis Kennedy, younger brother of the 35th President of the United States and a candidate for that office himself just before he died, would have been 82 today. Presidential brothers, in recent decades including the likes of Sam Houston Johnson, Donald Nixon and Billy Carter, have seldom distinguished themselves, and Robert Kennedy is the only one to be appointed to a presidential cabinet, serving as 64th Attorney General of the United States under his brother and for a short time under President Johnson.

Would Kennedy have captured the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination had he lived? It's a what-if of presidential history, but even with the California primary in his column, it would have been an uphill fight against the momentum that Vice President Humphrey already had. This collection of news coverage just before his murder illustrates that fact.

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