20 May 2008
Noblesse Oblige - Ted Kennedy
1. Whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself nobly.
2. (Figuratively) One must act in a fashion that conforms with one's position, and with the reputation that one has earned.
There he is. The baby of the family sitting on his daddy's lap. The beloved, spoiled infant catered to by not only parents but an army of siblings willing to cart him from place to place. Play at his whim. Make the way smooth even when he glibly gambols from failure to failure. Not much is expected of him, they will all do it all first.
The eldest brother will die in World War II.
The second brother will become President and then be assassinated.
The third brother will run for the presidency and then be assassinated.
He will stand alone facing the coffins and making the speeches.
He will watch over the sisters including the mentally retarded.
He will champion the charitable and political causes
He will be the father all the nieces and nephews lost.
He will be the last public vision of a dynasty.
He will run for the Presidency and fail
He will conquer his own demons of alcohol and womanizing
He will run for the Senate and Succeed.
He will be honored by political friends and adversaries.
For more than 40 years he will do his duty for his family and his country
Now a nation waits and wishes him well.