Saturday, April 6, 2013

Robert F. Kennedy consoling Mrs. King

Forty five years ago Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis.  Robert Kennedy chartered the plane that brought his remains home for burial.  In this photo (tweeted by presidential historian Michael Beschloss) Robert and his wife Ethel are seen in a consolation visit with Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  Eight weeks later Robert Kennedy himself would be assassinated.  It was 1968 - the year from hell.  It began with the Tet offensive and ended with the election of Richard M. Nixon whose "southern strategy"transformed the Republican Party from racially tolerant conservatism - Lincoln's Party - to a new home for the white backlash - which it remains to this day. - GWC

1 comment:

  1. It should be noted that Mrs. Kennedy's name is "Ethel," rather than "Edith."