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Kennedy Quotes


"We took care of Kennedy" - Sam Giancana

"I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." - Lloyd Bentsen

"Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." - Lloyd Bentsen

"Kennedy didn't beat Nixon. Satire beat Nixon." - Chris Rock

"The Kennedys formed a Kennedy party." - Chris Matthews

"Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." - Lloyd Bentsen

"I enjoyed working with Ted Kennedy." - Sam Brownback

"President Kennedy is very democratic and very penetrating." - Marilyn Monroe

"What TV was to John Kennedy, Facebook is to Obama." - Daniel Lyons

"I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." - Paul Getty

"["John F. Kennedy" movie] was just really clever storytelling." - Rob Lowe

"Kennedy cooked the soup that Johnson had to eat." - Konrad Adenauer

"My first presidential primary vote was for Bobby Kennedy." - Bob Gunton

"I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." - J Paul Getty

"I'm trying to finish my book on the Kennedy assassination." - Vincent Bugliosi

"The difference between Carter and [Ted] Kennedy: Carter has this vague religion which he believes in strongly, while Kennedy has this strong religion which he believes in vaguely." - Eugene Mccarthy

"Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President Kennedy's sister, endorsed Arnold Schwarzenegger, said he's not a womanizer. Of course by Kennedy standards that means he never drove one off a bridge." - Bill Maher

"But they were as different as fire and ice. Robert Kennedy thought Eugene McCarthy was pompous, petty, and venal. McCarthy thought Kennedy was a spoiled, unintelligent demagogue." - Jack Newfield

"Declassified papers report that John Kennedy was taking eight different medications a day. He was so wasted, his Secret Service code name was Ted Kennedy." - Craig Kilborn

"But they were as different as fire and ice. [Robert] Kennedy thought [Eugene] McCarthy was pompous, petty, and venal. McCarthy thought Kennedy was a spoiled, unintelligent demagogue." - Jack Newfield

"Fortunately, President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy disagreed with the estimate and chose a course of action less ambitious and aggressive than recommended by their advisers." - David Kay

"Kennedy had been assassinated a month or so before. So we walked to the grave of John Kennedy and ended our walking symbolically at the Arlington National Cemetery." - Satish Kumar

"President Kennedy knew every agent by name. President Johnson knew many of us, but not as many as President Kennedy, probably." - Clint Hill

"Every year since 1990, the Gallup poll has asked Americans to assess all the presidents since John F. Kennedy. And every year, Kennedy comes out on top." - Robert Dallek

"Bobby Kennedy is so concerned with poverty because he didn't have any as a kid." - Ronald Reagan

"If someone had asked, "How does this compare to kissing Kennedy?" I would have answered, "Who?" - Tammara Webber

"I don't want a headline saying 'Kennedy suggests this or implies that." - Charles Kennedy

"Joe Kennedy is one of the biggest crooks who ever lived." - Sam Giancana

"Splatter the brain matter of my enemies, with the same bullet trajectory that murdered John Kennedy" - Canibus

"The key to success? Work hard, stay focused and marry a Kennedy." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House" - Irwin Shaw

"Why is the Rockefeller Commission so Single-Minded About a Lone Assassin in the Kennedy Case?," - Cyril Wecht

"Kennedy after all has lots of glamour - Gregory Peck with an atom bomb in his holster." - William F Buckley Jr

"Dallas is where Kennedy was shot, and that's where I was put in jail." - Eartha Kitt

"JFK [John F. Kennedy] was young, glamorous, Camelot, funny, engaging. Congress loved him." - Rush Limbaugh

"I read every biography [of Jackie Kennedy] I could get my hands on." - Natalie Portman

"We had a picture of the pope and President [J.F.] Kennedy on top of the television." - Mike Pence

"Franklin Delano Roosevelt and J.F Kennedy were Presidents in very different times." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California." - Hillary Clinton

"We'll drive off the side of that bridge when we come to it, Senator Kennedy." - Ann Coulter


"I would like to see 'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole adapted." - Tamara Feldman

"It is important to know who killed Jack Kennedy and why." - Jim Garrison

"President Kennedy was a voracious reader and was forever coming up with fascinating bits of information." - Pierre Salinger

"There have not been children of comparable youth in the White House since the Kennedy era." - Pierre Salinger

"Jack Kennedy was one year older than I was, and we attended the same neighborhood school." - Mike Wallace

"I took Bobby Kennedy through the delta and he cried like a baby." - Charles Evers

"I believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill John Kennedy. I believe that." - Jesse Ventura

"When President Kennedy took office, I was in the midst of my education." - Buzz Aldrin

"I don't want a headline saying 'Kennedy suggests this or implies that.'" - Charles Kennedy

"Dear God, please take care of your servant John Fitzgerald Kennedy." - Jackie Kennedy

"I was the first boy in the Kennedy family to graduate from college." - Mark Kennedy

"In the case of Marilyn and John Kennedy, I think they did affect change." - Sally Kirkland

"I guess my claim to fame is I've now gaveled Ted Kennedy to order twice." - Amy Klobuchar

"We wanted to be certain they didn't have a bigger deficit, and Kennedy agreed with me." - Wilbur Mills

"I always admired Jackie Kennedy for her dignity, integrity and grace." - Julianne Phillips

"I could be like Joe Kennedy and say, 'My kids are going to run for president!'" - John Catsimatidis

"This is more dangerous than double dating with Danny Bonaduce on the Kennedy compound." - Paul Heyman

"I guess the worst snow was the Kennedy inauguration in 1960. Heavy snow." - Bob Schieffer

"President Kennedy was the greatest man I ever met, and the best friend I ever had." - David Powers

"The pilot came back and said he had just heard that Kennedy was shot." - George Smathers

"Kennedy was a lot of fun, always. He had something going on. But not Nixon." - George Smathers

"Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House." - Irwin Shaw

"Teddy Kennedy rose to become a liberal lion by collaborating with Republicans." - Juan Williams

"Eisenhower was quite supportive of Kennedy and Johnson in terms of foreign policy." - Robert Dallek

"I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it." - John F Kennedy

"I know Dr. Kennedy and I know Coral Ridge Ministries. I have no connection." - Roy Moore

"Bobby Kennedy and Nelson Rockefeller are having a row, ostensibly over the plight of New York's mentally retarded, a loose definition of which would include everyone in New York who voted for Bobby Kennedy or Nelson Rockefeller." - William F Buckley Jr

"In the end, Ted Kennedy was a politician, plain and simple. Yet he embodied how politics and public service can be successfully intertwined. You cant be a good public servant without being a good politician. Kennedy was both." - Chuck Todd

"I think of the Kennedy family and I think of their faith... Along came John F. Kennedy and a part of his legacy is that... he didn't just break the Catholic barrier, he crushed it." - Doug Wead

"Sen. Edward Kennedy knows very directly. Senator Kennedy and I talked on several occasions prior to the war that my view was that the best evidence that I had seen was that Iraq indeed had weapons of mass destruction." - David Kay

"The John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics was originally intended to bring scholars and politicians into closer contact, on the assumption that other office-holders can use academics as profitably as Kennedy did during his political career." - Donald E Graham

"When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy." - James Ellroy

"We don't really know who killed Martin Luther King. We don't really know who killed Bobby Kennedy. We don't really know who killed John Kennedy. We don't really know who killed Tupac Shakur." - Cynthia Mckinney

"The biggest difference between Kennedy and Nixon, as far as the press is concerned, is simply this: Jack Kennedy really liked newspaper people and he really enjoyed sparring with journalists." - Ben Bradlee

"Like John Kennedy in 1960, Obama combines youth, vigor, and good looks with the promise of political change. Like Kennedy, he grew up in unusual circumstances that distance him from ordinary American life." - Virginia Postrel

"When I was in Congress, I worked with Joe Kennedy to rename the Justice Department for Bobby, and when I retired, Teddy Kennedy sent me this Roy Lichtenstein print of his brother, inscribed: 'Bobby would have been proud of you.'" - Joe Scarborough

"I covered Kennedy when she was three years old and the darling daughter of President Kennedy who doted on her and whose mother did everything to protect her from the prying press." - Helen Thomas

"Some Kennedy aides have always insisted that Johnson misread J.F.K.'s plans for Vietnam. They say that Kennedy had begun to rethink the U.S. presence in Indochina and was reluctant to increase it." - Robert Dallek

"In the end, Ted Kennedy was a politician, plain and simple. Yet he embodied how politics and public service can be successfully intertwined. You can't be a good public servant without being a good politician. Kennedy was both." - Chuck Todd

"When Caroline Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 as her father's rightful heir, she laid upon him the mantle of Camelot and the enduring mystique of John F. Kennedy, who, according to polls, continues to be America's most beloved president." - Kitty Kelley

"I understand Jacqueline Kennedy has redone the White House in eighteenth-century style. Why, then, I'd fit in perfectly." - Barry Goldwater

"Gary Hart is going to be all over the political spectrum fuzzing it up just like Jack Kennedy." - Robert Novak

"The election of John F Kennedy will lead to the death of a free church and a free state." - W. A. Criswell

"While the question of who killed President Kennedy is important, the question 'what killed him' is more important." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"People always ask me, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Well, I don't have an alibi." - Emo Philips

"You know, at parties, people always ask, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Well, I don't have an alibi!" - Emo Philips

"In the [John F.] Kennedy case, I believe the absence of a conspiracy can be proved to a virtual certainty." - Vincent Bugliosi

"Jackie [Kennedy] wore one of my dresses - it was made from kitchen curtain material - and people went crazy." - Lilly Pulitzer

"Were Kennedy not a millionaire, illiterate and ignorant, then he would obviously understand that you cannot revolt against the peasants." - Fidel Castro

"That's right, you and God versus me, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and the product of my semen, my son Shane!" - Vince Mcmahon

" is reminded that [John Kerry, D-MA] really just a better-looking Ted Kennedy, a richer Michael Dukakis." - Laura Ingraham

"I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency." - Dan Quayle

"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy," - Joe Biden

"Ladies & Gentelman, the man who tought William Kennedy Smith everything he knows about dating, Sweet Stan Lane!" - Jim Cornette

"[On John F. Kennedy:] ... now he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man." - Jackie Kennedy

"I love talking about Kennedy assassination...a great archetypal example of how totalitarian government...sorry, wrong meeting." - Bill Hicks

"You might be a redneck if your Momma would rather go the racetrack than the Kennedy Center." - Jeff Foxworthy

"Kennedy saw the insurgency as a anti-colonial, essentially nationalist movement, feeding on social discontent. So you don't shoot people." - Roger Hilsman

"... If Mr. Kennedy does not like Socialism, we do not like imperialism. We do not like Capitalism." - Fidel Castro

"I certainly think Obama is the most hopeful president I've seen in the country since John Kennedy." - John Irving

"I'm gonna say that I have followed every presidential campaign since the campaign of President [John F.] Kennedy in 1960." - John Lewis

"Elizabeth Kennedy is so chic. Her gowns have such structure, I feel like a work of art." - Mindy Kaling

"I think I'm the only president other than John Kennedy who had both parents alive during the presidency." - George W Bush

"[JF] Kennedy was a deceitful man. He was a cold-blooded politician whose purpose was to get elected." - Malcolm X

"Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts has got to have Ted Kennedy rolling over in his grave, spilling his drink." - Ann Coulter

"People always ask me, Where were you when Kennedy was shot? Well, I don't have an alibi." - E W Howe

"I'm sure Obama is an atheist, I'm sure Kennedy was an atheist, but I doubt if Pope Frank is." - Richard Dawkins

"Kennedy is remembered as a success mainly because of what came after: Johnson and Vietnam. Nixon and Watergate." - Robert Dallek

"I was a sort of son to Ike, and it was the other way round with Kennedy." - Harold Macmillan

"It has been said that each generation must win its own struggle to be free. -Robert F. Kennedy" - Naomi Wolf

"As much as I liked and admired the various members of the Kennedy family, my first loyalty was to Jackie." - Pierre Salinger

"Jackie Kennedy was magnificent in the days and weeks immediately following her husband's assassination. She was especially wonderful to me." - Pierre Salinger

"On several occasions President Kennedy encouraged me to take a lover, an obvious sign he also had some himself." - Pierre Salinger

"Certainly I think the election of John Kennedy and all he stood for was one that really was an inspiration." - Birch Bayh

"Ted Kennedy is the only person alive who might know more than we do about Chappaquiddick, and he may not." - Adam Clymer

"I'm sure Obama is an atheist; I'm sure Kennedy was an atheist, but I doubt if Pope Frank is." - Richard Dawkins

"I ran for Congress in 1996 to help Ted Kennedy pass a comprehensive health insurance reform bill." - Jim Mcgovern

"The Skakel family, when they married into the Kennedys, was so wealthy, they could have purchased the Kennedy family." - Mark Fuhrman

"I had the fixation that comes with being a Kennedy to be a great man on the big stage." - Mark Shriver

"People always ask me, 'Where were you when Kennedy was shot?' Well, I don't have an alibi." - Emo Philips

"You know, at parties, people always ask, 'Where were you when Kennedy was shot?' Well, I don't have an alibi!" - Emo Philips

"At the time of his death, John Kennedy had a national security establishment that was a writhing ball of snakes." - Charlie Pierce

"Jackie Kennedy was the most appropriately dressed first lady we've ever had. You can see how lasting Jackie's style is." - Lynda Resnick

"The Kennedy lifestyle is something that is looked upon favorably by the elites throughout our culture, both political and social." - Rush Limbaugh

"There's no question that Kennedy was an utter failure as a passer of laws during his proverbial thousand days." - Rick Perlstein

"I have worked in every - every Democratic administration since the Kennedy administration, and I know dysfunctionality when I see it." - Richard Holbrooke

"Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That's the secret of life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody." - Hedy Lamarr

"Public image is extremely important in American society and I observed personally that the Presidency of John F. Kennedy did much in the public mind for Harvard. Harvard was an excellent school before Kennedy, but Kennedy embodied a new vision for the United States: a leader who caught the world's imagination and that reflected on his alma mater, Harvard." - Henry Rosovsky

"The first real thing was Divine as Jackie Kennedy [in Eat Your Makeup]. His mother found the bloody Jackie Kennedy outfit in the boot of his car and said, 'What is this?" and Divine said, "I am Jackie Kennedy!" His mother just changed the subject; she didn't know what to say." - John Waters

"You know, I am not a particular Kennedy apologist or an awed fan - I was 12 when he was murdered - but I have discussed Kennedy with historians. For his incredibly short tenure, he was a very important president. Many put him in the second tier, below the big three and surrounded by Truman and Eisenhower. Kennedy moved our soul. Changed our thinking about service and governance. And won big in the greatest nuclear crisis of the Cold War." - Gene Weingarten

"I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for." - Lyndon B Johnson

"Jesse Helms wants me to move to the right, Lowell Weiker wants me to move to the left, and Teddy Kennedy wants me to move back to California." - Ronald Reagan

"Ted Kennedy is endorsing John Kerry and I'm wondering, do you really want the endorsement of a guy with a Bloody Mary mustache?" - David Letterman

"President Kennedy didn't negotiate out of the Cuban missile crisis simply because he and Khrushchev got along well. Khrushchev didn't have the cards." - Colin Powell

"One of the many dreadful aspects of the Kennedy 'legacy' is the now-unbreakable grip of celebrity politics, image-doctoring, stage management, and "torch-passing" rhetoric in general." - Christopher Hitchens

"I feel like the fellow in jail who is watching his scaffold being built." (On construction of reviewing stands for inauguration of his successor John F Kennedy)" - Dwight D Eisenhower

"It is very difficult for [people] to accept the idea that someone as inconsequential as Oswald could have killed someone as consequential as Kennedy." - Robert Dallek

"Within twenty years, he was the world's biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"It's impossible to write about the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath without taking note of twenty-five years of paranoia which has collected around that event." - Don Delillo

"When I mentioned about Adlai Stevenson, if he was vice president there would never have been an assassination of our beloved President Kennedy" - Jack Ruby

"I remember the day when they sold Brian Deane and Jan Aage Fjortoft. It was like when President Kennedy got shot." - Neil Warnock

"Ted Kennedy says that our policy in Iraq is adrift. Hmmm. Maybe like a car adrift in the water after its has gone over a bridge?" - Ann Coulter

"The thing that makes [Bob] Kennedy so good is that he doesn't have a fear of losing. He was willing to go to Europe and get hammered." - Frank Shorter

"Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara... are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport." - Saul Alinsky

"Robert Kennedy identified with people, not data, or institutions, or theories. Poverty was a specific black face for him, not a manila folder full of statistics." - Jack Newfield

"Soon after Marilyn died, I met Bobby Kennedy and he looked at me as if to say: 'I am your enemy'." - Jane Russell

"The main difference for the history of the world if I had been shot rather than Kennedy is that Onassis probably wouldn't have married Mrs Khrushchev." - Nikita Khrushchev

"Vietnam, really more accurately, Laos, was almost after Berlin the top problem at the beginning of the Kennedy Administration in '61, foreign problem." - McGeorge Bundy

"The front line with ISIS isn't just in Iraq and Syria, it's in Kennedy Airport and the Rio Grande. Border security is national security." - Ted Cruz



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