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I don’t understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting. Jackie Kennedy
It’s our money, and we’re free to spend it any way we please … If you have money you spend it, and win. Rose Kennedy, re Robert’s 1968 campaign
I’m one of the most fortunate people in the world. Rose Kennedy
We’re going to sell Jack like soapflakes. Joseph P Kennedy
We don’t want any losers round here. Joseph P Kennedy to children
Fifty men have run America and that’s a high figure. Joseph P Kennedy, The New York Times 26th July 1936
Don’t buy a single vote more than necessary. I’m damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide. Joseph P Kennedy, attributed
They were a family graced with beauty and great wealth. Living lives most of us can only imagine. But they were also haunted by tragedy. They were the Kennedys. You are about to see rare home footage taken by the families closest to them. The Lost Kennedy Home Movies, Channel 4 2011
From the beginning Joe Kennedy was willing to bend or break the rules to get what he wanted for himself and his family. A ruthless and canny businessman he made millions on Wall Street, Hollywood and in the alcohol business. ibid.
Back at Harvard in 1937 Jack set his sights on joining one of the most exclusive clubs – called the Spee Club it had refused admission to both his father and Joe Junior. ibid.
Exposing the family to world events was a priority of Joe’s. ibid.
In a private mass for the Kennedys, seven-year-old Teddy receives his first communion from the new pope. ibid.
Shots of fascist Italy show the build-up to the war that will engulf Europe that same year. The family trip continues through Italy. ibid.
Without his wife’s knowledge, Joe arranged for his daughter to undergo a new procedure: a lobotomy. Tragically the operation failed, leaving Rosemary institutionalised for the rest of her life. ibid.
The other Kennedy daughters find life among the English upper class much to their liking. ibid.
Ambassador Kennedy publicly supported the appeasement policies of British prime minister Neville Chamberlain. ibid.
He [Jack] suffered from severe digestive problems later diagnosed as spastic colitis, and his drinking was limited to a soothing glass of milk. ibid.
Charlotte is not immune to his [Jack’s] charms. The ever present camera records them playing with balloons, and competing, always competing. ibid.
His [Jack] college thesis was a timely study on why England was ill-prepared for the Second World War ... Later a book: Why England Slept. ibid.
A pessimistic Joseph Kennedy told a reporter that democracy was finished in England, and may well be in the US as well ... The incident ended his political career. ibid.
Nine months later in wartime London, Jack’s sister Kathleen decided to marry a British aristocrat. That he was a Protestant outraged her mother Rose. Joe Junior was the only Kennedy to attend the wedding ... Her husband Billy was killed in active duty. ibid.
Joe Junior was just twenty-nine; his body was never recovered. ibid.
The home movies conceal his life-long problems with his back ... He also had Addison’s Disease, a life-long disorder of the adrenal glands. ibid.
Jack’s sister Kathleen died in a private plane crash in France. ibid.
Bobby was the first Kennedy brother to marry. ibid.
Ethel films a private moment with the brothers. ibid.
In Japan [Jack] became critically ill with a temperature of over forty degrees ... He was given the last rights. ibid.
The ’52 campaign financed as always by Joe’s deep pockets. ibid.
3Social event of the year: Jack and Jacky’s exclusive wedding became a huge media event ... Joe has micro-managed every detail of the event. ibid.
A risky operation to have a metal plate inserted into his back to stabilise his spine ... Once again, a minister administered the last rights. ibid.
Teddy ... served for more than forty-six years, and became known as the Lion of the Senate. ibid.
Wanted For Treason. Love Field 1992 starring Michelle Pfeiffer & Dennis Haysbert & Stephanie McFadden & Brian Kerwin & Louise Latham & Peggy Rea & Beth Grant & Cooper Huckabee & Troy Evans & Rhoda Griffis et al, director Jonathan Caplan, Lurene removes posters from lamp-posts
Jackie! Jackie! ibid. Lurene in crowd
The President appeared to be shot in the head. ibid. car radio
From Dallas, Texas, the flash apparently official – President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. central standard time. ibid. television news
I can’t stand him. I’m sorry I never could. ibid. Lurene of LBJ
He was my president. He was the only one I ever voted for. ibid. her to him
He was a war hero you know. ibid. Lurene to Paul on bus
They killed the President. I almost shook his hand. They killed him. ibid. Lurene to Jonell in station
I’m not mixed up in anything. ibid. Lurene to Paul
What I want is to go to my President’s funeral. ibid.
He did a lot for your people. ibid. Lurene to mechanic
I think that’s pretty prejudiced if you don’t mind my saying so. ibid. Lurene to Paul
Assassination or not this country is full of good trusting people. ibid.
How would I know the difference between jail and what we have? ibid. Lurene to husband
If elected I welcome the challenge of serving as president and of defending that freedom in its hour of maximum danger. Half the globe now lives under tyranny. The kind of society we build here, the kind of power we generate, the kind of enthusiasm we incite, will tell whether darkness or light overtakes us all. The Kennedys 2011 I starring Greg Kinnear & Barry Pepper & Katie Holmes & Tom Wilkinson & Chris Diamantopoulos & Charlotte Sullivan & Diane Hardcastle & Krisin Booth & Serge Houde et al, director Jon Cassar, election day 1960
Jackie: How are you feeling?
JFK: Like hell. ibid.
Finest wife a fella could have. But I don’t understand her faith. I admire it, but I don’t understand it. ibid. Kennedy senior to secretary
Why are they writing about me? Wall Street manipulator, appeaser of Hitler, none of it’s true. It could cost Jack the election. ibid.
It’s not what you are, it’s what people think you are. And with the right amount of money you can make them think what you want. We’re on our way, boys. This country is ours for the taking. ibid. Kennedy senior to Joe & Jack
It’s Joe [Junior] who is going places. ibid. Kennedy senior to secretary
Ambassador Joseph P Kennedy: Munich Agreement: Britain’s Path For The Future. Kennedy senior lecture. ibid.
Kennedy senior: I don’t care what people think.
Rosie: Well you should, Joe. There’s more to this family than just you. ibid.
This family is not going to disappear. I’ll make sure of that. ibid. Kennedy senior to Rosie
If I could write a cheque, get Hitler to call the whole thing off, I’d do it. ibid. Kennedy senior to Joe
Joe, don’t fly any more. ibid. Jack to Joe
It was supposed to be Joe’s day. ibid. Jack to Bobby
You’ll do it, Jack. For Joe. For all of us. ibid. Joe Kennedy