* We’d like to share with our readers this Letter to the Editor of the Washingtonian in response to a recent article asking “Is Barack Obama the next RFK?”
The author (who is a frequent commentator on this blog) sent us a copy and granted permission to post it here at the Kennedy for President website as well. We think you’ll enjoy what she has to say.
OBAMA IS NOT THE NEXT RFK!
To: The Editorial Staff of the Washingtonian
I thank you for allowing me and like-minded others to address this important issue. Your article on RFK was very painful to read, as I was a young, passionate campaigner in that glorious quest that was Robert Kennedy For President in 1968.
What is all this nonsense of comparing Obama to Robert Kennedy? Are all of you deaf and blind to the fact that one of the most charismatic, capable, and noble of men is alive and well?
He is right now one of the smartest stewards of Planet Earth. A man who draws crowds of strangers who walk away disciples. A man capable of leading when major societal surgery is necessary. A man who will appeal to cross generations of Americans, a man who can appeal to Blacks, Muslims, Jews and Catholics alike. A man who will once again inspire our youth with patriotism and give them effective programs, like JFK’s Peace Corps, in which to invest their talents and skills in a way that supports our country at large.
He is a man every inch his father’s son and his name is ROBERT F KENNEDY, JR!
We missed the opportunity this year, but I pray somebody in agreement with me, somebody REAL powerful and passionate about Bobby Kennedy Sr. will see the light and get RFK’s torch in his hand.
There is a group of devoted volunteers and Kennedy supporters who have started a web site and petition to encourage RFK Jr. to run for the White House. I invite readers, or whoever happens to read this in editorial office to take a peek at http://www.RFKin2008.com.
I have nothing against Obama, but he does not move me like Kennedy, Jr. does and I can not, for example, see him coaxing Americans to find and implement radical new ways of transportation to keep ourselves alive in the years to come. Our enviromental policy has been disasterous; we can no longer keep giving our money and wealth away to the Arab Emerates. We live in deadly serious times that cry for a level of charisma, common sense, and leadership that I have only seen evidenced in Bobby, Jr. As Barry Goldwater, a good friend of JFK, used to say, “In your Heart You Know He’s Right!”.
Right now the dreams of many of us who were behind Bobby Kennedy for 2008 seem dimmed. However, the times we are living in are so crazy, this campaign has gone off into the most aberrant directions in both campaigns that yes, I CAN, visualize millions of voters going to the polls and drafting our Next President. After all that is going down, what was once unthinkable is now plausable.
— Suzanne Silverstein