Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Father of a president

On the way back from Europe (20 hours flying time!) last week I watched several episodes of the TV mini-series The Kennedys which focuses mostly on the US presidency of JFK.

There is controversy about how historically accurate the series is. However, one thing that is reasonably accurate appears to be the large role that Joseph Kennedy Sr. played. He not only played a significant role (both legitimate and dubious) in getting JFK elected,  but also in "advising" his sons while in government. I was also unaware of the dubious role that Kennedy Sr. played while US Ambassador to the UK, during 1938-1940. In particular, he had a non-interventionist attitude to the Nazis, which was inconsistent with that of President Roosevelt.

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