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.

Newhouse Eyes US Mag for Conde Nast Stable; Charlie Rose Rumor of Rolling Stone Not So -- Who Knows Maybe That's Next!

Ok, so Charlie Rose was kind of in the ballpark, even if he didn't quite get it right and hit a home run. As Keith J. Kelly reports in the New York Post, Jann Wenner is apparently thinking of selling US magazine for as much as $750 mil to Conde Nast supremo, S. I. Newhouse Jr. On this PBS program last week, Rose asked Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter is Newhouse was going to buy Rolling Stone. Who knows, maybe that's next! (See Charlie's quesion around 32:00 on the counter of this clip)