Monday, June 30, 2008
JFK Tribute in Ireland- Jean Kennedy Smith Recalls June 1963 Trip to New Ross, County Wexford, Compares Obama to John Hume
In Ireland on Sunday, there was a homecoming of sorts for the Kennedys. A weekend long tribute marking the 45th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 trip to Ireland, featured a visit by his sister, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith. Both Jean and Sen. Edward Kennedy were instrumental in the 1998 Northern Ireland peace process.
Amb. Jean Kennedy Smith returned to County Wexford to visit the docks in New Ross where JFK made his memorable speech, part of his historic visit a few months before his assassination. Much of this trip is recalled in my book, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings."
According to the Irish press, Jean Kennedy Smith backed the presidential bid of Sen. Barack Obama because his style reminded her not only of JFK but of John Hume, the architect of the peace process.