You know what I kept thinking last night when Ted Kennedy was talking, and not for the first time? I was
thinking how impossible it is to imagine any of his older brothers as old, feeble men, being lionized in the winter of their years. Not Jack, certainly not Bobby, and absolutely not Joe Jr.
And yet here was the baby of the family, fabulously old and famously ill. It’s weird.
Something else occurred to me: He doesn’t have nearly the heavy accent that Jack and Bobby did. It’s there, but his manner of speech is much more whitebread America. I found myself wondering if this has happened over time and I’m just noticing it, or did he always speak this way? Is it that he has lived through a time of greater homogenization of the culture, a time his brothers didn’t survive to live through, or is it just an individual difference?
I’m always thinking stuff like this, instead of paying attention to the words…