The Real JFK Jr.
R. Cort Kirkwood
only thing better than a book smashing the myth of Camelot and John
F. Kennedy is a book smashing the myth about any other member of
"Americaís Royal Family."
the best kind of book like that would be one dissecting the life
and work, such as the latter was, of the dearly departed John F.
you know it, someone has obliged. Life wasnít just beer and skittles,
a news report on the book says, for the fellow whom Democrats fantasized
would run for president some day.
book, entitled The
Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted Americaís First Family For
150 Years, tells us that JFK Jr. was just another twisted
pig in the Kennedy poke.
we heard about his heavenly match with Carolyn Bessette was only
so much eyewash from the adulatory media, which never met a Kennedy
they didnít like. The intensity of the nonsense reached its high
water mark, so to speak, when Kennedy, the Hyannis version of Wrong-Way
Feldman, crashed his plane near Marthaís Vineyard.
to the latest installment in things Kennedy, the boy-man and his
bride were on the verge of divorce.
sexiest man alive," the book reports, had trouble with his
sex life; apparently, Carolyn didnít buy the press releases. "I
want to have kids." he told a friend, "but whenever I
raise the subject with Carolyn, she turns away and refuses to have
sex with me."
Ice Lady also was a dope fiend. At one restaurant, the books reports,
she ducked into the ladiesí room a half-dozen times and returned
with white stuff around her nose. It wasnít from eating powdered
a typical argument went like this:
who failed the bar exam twice, didnít know what to do. He thought
Carolyn, who ordered her pedicurist to redo her toenails three times
on the day she was killed, was cheating on him with a former boyfriend,
a thespian who appeared on "Baywatch."
thing is, no one needed to write a book to answer the question in
its title, why a " tragic curse haunts" the family.
that anyone cares, but as dipsomaniac Ted Kennedy once explained,
things happen in large families. A hapless child will die in an
accident; another will contract some horrible disease. Bad things
happen more in the Kennedy family because the men are undisciplined,
and canít handle money, alcohol, or fame. The rules that apply to
everyone else, they believe, do not apply to them, even simple safety
belief accounts for Michael Kennedyís death while "football
skiing" in 1997. A ski ranger warned him to stop clowning around
with the ball. He refused.
wasnít skilled enough to fly in bad weather. He flew anyway.
the "tragedies" are hardly a surprise or a "curse,"
and given the truth about the family, one wonders how the Kennedys
retain the title of "Americaís First Family" or "Americaís
this brood is "first" in anything, itís troublemaking,
boozing, wrecking cars, chasing and killing women, and other unsavory
activities. They are also first in hypocrisy.
Kennedys are royal, all right. A royal embarrassment.
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.
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