Bobby…Los Angeles, California June 6, 1968

 Today is 49 years since Bobby Kennedy left us, courtesy of an assassin’s bullet, and coincidently, the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day.

I happen to be a big RFK fan, even having his picture framed on my window sill.

One could say, I could lecture on Bobby.

A friend asked, how could I worship someone so ruthless, someone who worked for Senator Joe McCarthy (1908-1957), and was known for being cold as ice?

He wasn’t cold, but yes, ruthless when it came to his brother Jack, whom he loved more than his own reputation.  Where JFK could bask in grace and goodness, Bobby happily did his dirty work, which is why he never got over his brother’s death feeling responsible.

It stretched his heart across America, convincing him he needed to pick up where Jack left off, and would have probably been president, if he wasn’t shot like a stag in full stride.

Along with Louisiana’s, Huey Long (1893-1935), he was the only U.S. Senator ever killed while in office.

He did work for McCarthy he had great reverence for.  Even went to his funeral knowing tongues would wag.  But you need to understand, Bobby was loyal, searching for the good, living up to his middle name, Francis, for St. Francis of Assisi.

He also fought for what he believed in, and for those he loved.

When asked, if you weren’t a rich man’s son destined for politics, what would you have been…and he said, “A revolutionary.”

He knew the chances of being killed running for president ran high, but the 82 days he campaigned were filled with joy and hope, almost making the risk worth taking.   

The famous photo of him sprawled on the Ambassador Hotel’s kitchen floor, haunts me still…his head slightly raised, hands wrapped in rosary beads a kitchen worker gently placed in them.

His last words were..is anyone else hurt, before shutting his eyes for good, to join his beloved brother, Jack, in the great beyond.  

Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968) died on this day, June 6, 1968.  He was 42.

SB    Me, at Arlington National Cemetery, paying my eternal respects…2007.

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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13 Responses to Bobby…Los Angeles, California June 6, 1968

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    So young, and so full of promise. Who knows what direction our country might have taken. I tend to think that as a people, we would have been kinder and gentler.

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    • I think that too. I know many people don’t even remember him…you have to be of a certain age to. Then there’s that, I hate the Kennedys, faction. He stood out for me from his brothers. He did.

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  2. I never realized, until I read The Last Campaign just how revolutionary he was and how he probably would have changed the country dramatically if he had become president. Such a tragic loss for us all.

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  3. gmg says:

    Lovely tribute to Bobby, Susannah. I liked him, too. Of all of the kids, his father Joe said Bobby was most like him. “He’s as tough as nails.” Tough but a good heart.

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    • I never heard that quote. Thank you so much for adding it. Heroes are very personal and he’s one of mine. I appreciate you reading my homage to him. There aren’t very many Kennedy fans left I’m afraid.

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    • Wanted to add to this. First off, the piece didn’t do very well which is why your comment means the world. A friend said, not everyone cares about the Kennedys like I do. Fair enough.

      In 1968, they were seeking the death penalty that was still in play in California..changed in 1970 which is why the Manson Family dodged a bullet…for Sirhan Sirhan.

      Ted Kennedy, speaking for the family said, ‘His brother would never want a life taken, even if it was the one that took his own.” Sirhan got life imprisonment. I think that statement says everything there is to know about Robert Kennedy.

      Thanks again…Susannah

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  4. Patricia says:

    I remember the shock of his death and yet not being shocked. It was sad but somehow not unexpected. I think he would have been a good president.

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    • No one was shocked. I read in The Last Campaign the press traveling with him, were afraid to leave for any length of time, for fear they’d miss it when it happened. I find that stunning Patricia. I cringe every time I read that. It’s a favorite book of mine. I always think of Jesus. Can’t help it.

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  5. I forgot to tell you before that I really like that picture of you by his grave. It’s amazing that it is such a simple memorial to him, unlike what he could have had, considering his position.

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  6. Just the last words “is anyone else hurt” says it all.
    Once again Grasshopper, you have opened my eyes to a piece of history instead of putting me to sleep like my school teachers.

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