Thursday, May 04, 2006

Camelot In Smithereens

Apparently, the Kennedy* gene pool isn't what it used to be. The idiot genes are now completely dominant. Read here about Teddy's kid's latest misadventure. No alcohol involved, though...

Whatever.

Is it just me, or does this picture of the Congressman from Rhode Island look more than a bit like Jeff Daniels, of Dumb & Dumber fame? "Gimme that beer, you little pumpkin-pie-haircutted freak...You'd keep your mouth shut, if you knew what was good for ya."

Maybe he just needs more time to grow into his late uncle's more Ask not what your country can do for you-type of guy.

*PS - I certainly mean no offense to any readers who happen to have the last name "Kennedy"...it didn't even occur to me at first.

4 Comments:

Blogger JM said...

I think we first need to realize that Camelot was just a myth. I think Bobby was the only true leader in that family although it is quite easy to confuse JFK with being a great leader as well (Success at Bay of Pigs, etc.). However, JFK is strictly a myth as promise and potential does not equal grerat things. While Bobby made a dent in everything he touched (Organized Crime, Civil Rights, etc.).

9:10 PM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Perhaps. But, remember, Bobby was shorter. Americans like their leaders to be at least a certain height...but, not too tall, mind you.

Also, I'm guessing you meant success during the Cuban missile crisis, which JFK did have, as opposed to the Bay of Pigs, which was an unmitigated disaster.

JFK is mythologized for the same reason as many who die young: potential. People see what they think is great potential. Then they see that person die tragically before being able to realize that potential. So, for some reason, they automatically assume that the person would've fully realized every bit of that potential, but for the tragedy.

See also countless examples from the entertainment world: James Dean, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, etc.

7:13 AM, May 05, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

No insult taken for my namesake. But we'll have lots to joke about at Cape Cod.

8:17 AM, May 05, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Cool. Give Teddy my best!!!

12:25 PM, May 05, 2006  

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