Ten minutes in my room and a couple of my obsessions will easily catch your eye. In no particular order relevant to preference: Washington Nationals, Ralph Lauren, Phi Kappa Tau, Entourage and John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Each of these interests developed over time and my taking a liking to the legacy of our 35th president was no exception.
What started out as a fascination in middle school has evolved into a full-blown addiction. For context purposes, I am not yet to the point of utilizing an online soundboard to create a personalized Kennedy voicemail but I wouldn’t feel right if my vintage JFK portrait wasn’t hanging in my room.
Although I initially fell in love with his iconic image, it was his ability to maintain that image that challenged me.
I may be a bit naïve on occasion, but I have never thought of Kennedy as a walking saint among mere mortals, because frankly he wasn’t. As much as it pains me to admit, the man was flawed.
Based purely on assumptions, the man loved being in other women’s beds just as much as he did being on his boat. Which he cared about more is not the issue here, but which the press covered more is.
Maybe it was a certain respect for his office or that the media developed a man crush on him, but his affairs and other not so honorable acts would definitely garner different exposure in this century.
It would be plain ignorant to call the man “under the radar” but in that culture many of his actions were just that.
Kennedy wouldn’t have survived with a golden boy image in the age of social media. Don’t believe me? Do a little searching yourself.
Keep in mind that before the dawn of the Internet the Kennedy legacy had built up a reserve of respect that could make a Purple Heart recipient jealous.
Go to YouTube. Search “Kennedy.” Search “Bush.”
The four initial videos for “Kennedy” are related to his death and prowess as an orator.
The same doesn’t go for “Bush.” A total of three music videos and a compilation of W’s famous mistakes tops the list.
Social media would have caused Kennedy a headache that no aspirin nor press secretary could make go away.
The fact is, if acting as Commander in Chief now Kennedy would not survive one week of viral assaults. Fortunately, his legacy is a different story.