JFK adviser Sorensen tells why he’s supporting Obama


h, yeah, now I remember why I do this job — one of the reasons, anyway: Really, really interesting people come to see you and you get to ask them questions.

Today, I was honored to meet Ted Sorensen, chief adviser and speechwriter to John F. Kennedy. You know how I’ve written in the past about how how Barack Obama’s call to service echoes JFK’s? (And yes, I know I’m hardly the only one to mention it.) Well, Mr. Sorensen was here to confirm that as far as he’s concerned, Obama is indeed Camelot’s rightful heir (so forget what you may have heard about that Mordred guy; he’s not running anyway).

It’s been a long day, so I’ve just edited and posted one quick video clip (below), with Mr. Sorensen talking briefly about why he supports Sen. Obama. But more will be coming. For one thing, Andy Haworth of thestate.com shot video of the whole interview, with a much better camera than I use and lights and everything. I’ll give you a heads-up when he puts that up.

Also, I’ll go through the rest of my footage as soon as I can (probably this weekend at this point), and provide video on some of the other topics we covered, such as:

  • The Cold War, from a leading participant’s perspective.
  • Why Kennedy doesn’t deserve any blame for Vietnam escalation.
  • How Romney’s "religion" speech stacks up to his own — I mean, to JFK‘s.
  • What kind of speech he’d like to hear the eventually Democratic nominee give.
  • Which Republican he’d prefer, if we had to have a Republican.
  • Why he particularly prefers Obama to Joe Biden.

I’ll get to in when I can. I’m out of steam for today. In the meantime, here’s a clip with Mr. Sorensen talking about Obama:


10 thoughts on “JFK adviser Sorensen tells why he’s supporting Obama

  1. August

    For nearly 50 years Sorenson and his ilk have been rewriting history. When he and the JFK gang were in charge they spent the government’s resources wiretapping people, following mistresses, bullying the press, allowing friends and patrons to grow rich at tax payer expense, and mishandling most everything they touched from the Cuban missile crisis to the burgeoning Vietnamese problem. Sorenson personally spent much of his time hiding the presidents’ affairs, which of course means lying through his teeth to the press, family and staff…not to mention the American taxpayer that was paying for those sordid affairs.
    There is no end to efforts they have expended to perpetuate the myth of Camelot…but it was truly the forerunner of the worst of our modern politics. Self-absorbed, cynical, plastic (in that oh so familiar modern video age way) it represent the worst of today’s political and celebrity lifestyles.
    I have had suspicions about Obama…even though there are certainly traits about him that I admire. But if that old JFK crowd is on board…I am off of him entirely.
    The older I get the more I subscribe to: Many can talk the talk, but few can walk the walk. Mr. Sorenson failed miserably on his walk, so we should not now believe his talk.

  2. Roy

    I’m tired of inexperience. I want real results and real leader in the White House.
    I’m voting Joe Biden on January 26th!

  3. weldon VII

    Gosh, Brad, seems like when they come to your office, you just go ga-ga.
    Is that phrase “the eventually Democratic nominee” some kind of Freudian slip or just code understood by the handful of people in all the world who think Kennedy’s Vietnam image matters enough to warrant plastic surgery?
    I read about Sorensen’s backing Obama in the Telegraph. The biggest reason he gave: Obama has the charisma to win, like Kennedy.
    I guess that’s what Marilyn Monroe thought, too.

  4. Brad Warthen

    We live in such classless times. In our age, presidents fool around with Monica Lewinsky. Back then, it was Marilyn Monroe. As wrong as it was, it WAS Marilyn Monroe, and that at least makes it an understandable weakness.
    But you know what was really classier about those times? Nobody involved ever talked about it.
    Nowadays, you screw up, and you’re expected to go on TV and mouth a lot of pop-psych junk about why you did it. Then your chin trembles, and you shed a few tears, and you’re absolved.
    (And no, for you literalists, that’s not exactly what Clinton did. I’m speaking in general about the mores of our times. If I were being specific, I’d say “bite your lip and give a thumbs up.”)
    I can tell you right now, if I ever screw up on that scale, I am NOT going on TV to talk about it. Not unless there’s a major movie deal in it, and I get to pick the director (I’m thinking Scorsese) and have total creative control.

  5. weldon VII

    Depends on what you mean by classless. Kennedy and Norma Jean both wound up dead. The Clintons are still around like fingernails on a blackboard to make us say, “Oh, no. Not again?”

  6. Melanie Stefine

    Since some else here had a few things to say about JFK, I would like to add a few things about JFK too.
    God sees everything, doesn’t he?
    This is one small piece of proof that God talked to me:
    Like I said earlier, the Holy Spirit talked to me, besides his message about First is Last and Last is First, he had something to say about “Who Killed JFK”. Christ tells me that the man who shot JFK is a policeman. He also tells me the name of the shooter, but it is in a jumbled word. The word is “Fritters”. I see the name F. Ritter right off so I think that is the name of the killer. Now God has lots of other messages for me to figure out, so I put “who Killed JFK” on the back burner for over a year. A year or more later , just recently, I have more time to look for F. Ritter. I can’t find a policeman with that name who lived in Dallas, Texas in 1963. So I am searching for information about who killed JFK and there is a picture of a policeman by the name of J D Tippit. Now Tippit kind of looks like Ritter. Now I unjumble the letters of Ritter to get TIRRET. Now TIRRET looks more like TIPPIT. Now I make the R’s stand at attention, I get TIPPET. One problem is that the I and the E are not the same. So I do some research on the family name TIPPIT. Turns out that in the late 1800’s JD Tippit’s grandfather changed their name from Tippett to Tippit. So the next step I change the E to I. So Tippet is now Tippit.
    Now I have FS Tippit and JD Tippit. The first two initials are not the same. Next I go to Wikipedia, there I find; “Some thought that J D stood for “Jefferson Davis” however JD does not stand for anything”. That means his name is just J D. So the initials F S , do not stand for anything. I just have two initials that do not stand for anything. Are you following me?
    Next what does “FRITTERS” mean. If your following my thinking here, God is going to tell you what happened to JD Tippit after he was shot. Fritters are a dough that is deep fried. Bread also means body, like in the last super Christ takes the bread and says this is my body. Look in the dictionary, PIT means HELL. TIP means money paid, gratuity. There are other meanings to. These meanings tell a story.
    JD Tippits body (dough) is placed in the deep fryer (lake of fire). Now I think this clue (Fritters) was ingenius. After all God came up with it. I think he does have a sense of humor too. Kids now have a new game to play. They can play God. Pilsbury dough boy fry’s in the lake of fire. You get HELL! fry baby fry!
    If you think this is just crazy. Remember I am just the messenger. Jesus is the one that had to talk about JFK. So he had a reason for doing that. Only God knows who the killer is. This is proof that Christ talked to me and that is the reason he told me “Who killed JFK”. It is proof. I had forgotten about the case years ago. This is a cold case now, it been 45 years since the shooting.
    I also read the part about giving false prophesy. God says false prophets go to Hell or something like that. I only repeat what God told me. Now what I wrote above is from God. He told me who killed JFK in 2006. The above is not a lie or a joke and I am going to HEAVEN without fear.
    Before I forget. Gods messages usually have more than one meaning. F S could also stand for “Fence Shooter”.
    Who are the co-conspirators? Turns out that there are two policemen named Tippit, and one Tippett working in the Dallas police Department that same year(1963). Back to the clue word Fritters. That is plural, you know about plural. We have two fritters. The co-conspirators name is Gayle M. Tippit.
    Now the Dallas Police Departtment obviously covered up and framed Oswald. He was the Patsy. They did it cause it is very possible that one of the other police officers rushing to the scene saw Tippet fleeing the scene carrying a rifle. They covered it up because of the embarrassment of one of their own was the man that killed JFK? And the Warren commission must have also figured that out so they stuck with the Dallas Dept. story saying that it was Oswald. It could have been a National embarrassment. Now if you look at the evidence like I did. It is easy to see that the DAllas Police Dept tampered with the evidence over and over again. And they did a very bad job of it too.
    Now this is my opinion, not Gods. I think God is behind the creation of the Internet. I could never have been able to figure out a lot of his messages without the use of the Internet. People on the Net have been a big help to me. God talks to other people too, they just don’t know it. God let me know it was him.
    Now I just made solving the case of “Who shot JFK?”, look easy. I also gave you proof here. Did you see it? You ask where’s the proof. The proof is that it is impossible for anyone to repeat what I just did above. I mean try it. And I do that over and over again in all of God’s messages.
    See if you can make up a word that is a fried food (like fritters). Unjumble the letters to reveal the name of the killer (Tippit). Then divide the word Tippit into words that describe what happened. Tip- means that JD Tippit was paid for the job and the presidency was over turned. Pit – means that he went to Hell for what he did. Pit means the worst Hell.
    See if you can prove me wrong. Show me how easy it is to make up a name like “Fritters” that solves the crime. This clue is ingenious. God came up with the name “FRITTERS”. God is a genius, not me. I am only the messenger.
    Then the two remaining letters F. S. stands for Fence Shooter. It’s INGENIUS!
    Then on top of that it just so happens that there are two Tippit’s working in the Dallas Police Department in 1963. Fritters (plural) means we have more than one Fritter going in the deep fryer . The other shooter is Gayle M. Tippit. He goes to Hell too. Now I did some research on Gayle M Tippit. There is very little information on him unlike JD Tippit. In my search I found two Gayle Tippit’s still in Dallas. One died in 1967 and the other is married and still lives in Texas. So the other conspirator could still be alive and has managed to avoid detection.
    This is where it gets intesting. Does Gayle M. Tippit come forward and ask God to forgive him? I think he also has to ask the American people to forgive him for his part in the murder of the president or he gets the worst Hell just like JD did. God told me that waiting until the 11th hour is too late. God is forgiving, but you can’t wait until your on your death bed to ask to be forgiven.
    Now if Gayle M. Tippit wants to save himself from the deep fryer. (This could be a long fry, not a quick dip.) He has to come forward and ask to be forgiven. He still gets death or Hell but it won’t be the worst Hell. Just like the worst death is being crucified.
    Gods Messenger, Melanie Stefine

  7. Melanie Stefine

    God had only one thing to say about Obama. God says Obama is Crooked.
    Now I don’t know any more than that. I am waiting like everyone else to see what kind of dirty deals he did in the past or in the future. I’m telling you, It’s coming.

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