Posts Tagged ‘Bobby Kennedy’

The Post – Extra – Last Speech of Martin Luther King, Jr., RFK’s Speech That Night

May 8, 2008

If you are interested, there are two You Tube videos, one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech in Memphis, and one of Robert F. Kennedy’s, the night of MLK’s assassination. The latter comes complete with footage that shows the pain and division in our country that year, as well as the pain in the man himself.

The videos on are on the blog: Roosevelt Islander, and are in the April 4, 2008 entry, marking the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr,’s assassination. Within 2 months of these videos, Kennedy himself would be dead. As the blog notes: “How might the United States been different had these two men not been killed?”

To view these videos, click here. If for some reason that link doesn’t work, here’s another, the Wikio News link for those same two speeches.

RFK in his speech that night in April, 1968, paraphrased a quote from Aeschylus, from Agamemnon. It is a heartfelt quote, that I share here:

“In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

The Post – Extra – If You Want To Hear a Thoughtful Politician: Sir David Frost Interviews Robert F. Kennedy

May 8, 2008

In today’s post I mentioned a compassionate intelligent interview that revealed Robert Kennedy in 1968, during his presidential bid that ended in his assassination. I need to correct one thing. It was David Frost, later Sir David Frost, who interviewed Bobby Kennedy, not Dick Cavett.

I found an interesting blog entry about this interview, on

His February 6, 2007 entry is entitled: Do they make politicians like this anymore? It speaks of that same interview I mentioned earlier today.

If you would like to hear that interview, click here. Gentlemanly is the word that comes to mind.

His blog title says it all – Do they make politicians like this anymore?

Kennedy understood back in 1968 that the real America might be more often found in places like Iowa, upstate New York, the small towns away from large frantic centers, where people live quietly while exhibiting courage and compassion. He was looking for the soul of the country, and I suspect, found it in places like the small Appalachian towns he visited in his last years of life.