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Kennedy Update

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Not that the Boston Globe is the Kennedy Family House Organ or anything, but here’s the way Globe staffer David Mehegan summarizes the life of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., the notorious bootlegger, election rigger, daughter lobotomizer and Hitler admirer:

“Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969) had such a sprawling life and career that no one repository could contain the whole story. A bank president at 25, shipbuilder, Wall Street speculator, Hollywood financier, early booster and later opponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt, first chairman of the SEC, ambassador to Great Britain, and father of three senators and one president, Joe Kennedy left footprints across the financial, political, and cultural landscape.”

To be fair to Mehegan he does later acknowledge the apparent whisper campaign that has so besmirched the Kennedy patriarch’s reputation:

“Joseph P. Kennedy’s reputation has suffered since the presidency of John F. Kennedy, amid tales of marital infidelities, rumors of bootlegging, and his seeming sympathies with the British appeasers of Hitler (not Hitler himself, of course!) on the eve of World War II.”

In an unrelated development, the progress on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, one of the hallmarks of Boston’s Big Dig, has been delayed for six months because of other problems with the project.


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