Jackie definitely seems to be a fan favorite. I usually only update three posts a day (I know, I’ve definitely been slacking as of late), so I try to keep a balance of Teddy/Bobby/Jack/Jackie/Caroline+John per those posts.
Anonymous asked: Is it true that Bobby Kennedy was behind most of what JFK did during his presidency?
No. I mean, Bobby was probably JFK’s closest advisor, but they disagreed politically on many things and Bobby was certainly more liberal and progressive than the relatively cautious JFK.
Bobby was the campaign manager for JFK’s 1960 Presidential campaign and was a fierce politician, often thought of as JFK’s bulldog or enforcer. While Bobby had much influence, JFK certainly was the man in charge and the two brothers had vastly different personalities and techniques when it came to attacking a problem.
Following JFK’s election, he named Bobby as his Attorney General — a controversial move which reeked of nepotism to many people. Bobby, however, became an active, energetic, and strong leader of the Justice Department and during JFK’s Presidency, Bobby focused on that. While he certainly had input and probably more influence than any other member of JFK’s Cabinet, Bobby rightly believed that his mandate was the Justice Department, and other departments such as foreign policy, defense, commerce, etc were not his concern and they had Cabinet secretaries in place to manage those areas of the government.
So, yes, Bobby had greater influence on JFK than any of JFK’s other Cabinet secretaries, but it’s probably unfair to JFK to think that his brother — who was a full eight years younger than the President — was the man behind the curtain.
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Just out of curiosity do you know what cologne Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, and Ted Kennedy wore, if not could you find out? That would be awesome!
According to the JFK Library, Jack actually never wore cologne (fascinating, don’t you think? for such a stylish man, I would’ve assumed he would), although some commenter here is insinuating that Creed Vetiver Original was the one he wore. I’m going to have to side with the JFK Library on this one, personally. Jackie apparently favored French, floral scents, and Creed Love In Black was inspired by her Jackie O phase.
As to what Teddy and Bobby wore, not much is coming up. I could easily picture Teddy in Old Spice, though! I think Bobby went the route of older brother Jack and didn’t take up the use of cologne. There’s a passage in Robert F. Kennedy: His Life (by Evan Thomas) which illustrates one of the many things Bobby found offensive about Mr. Hoffa was his use of the scent.
”[..] But, unlike many Teamster officials, who offended RFK with their gold rings and sweet-smelling cologne, Reuther lived and dressed simply.