Thingish Things

Campaign Ad, RFK ’68

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jul• 27•11

Here is a 1968 presidential campaign ad from Robert F. Kennedy targeting Nebraska voters.  Mr. Kennedy would be assassinated in a Los Angeles ballroom in June of that year. The ad reminds me of the powerful influence of a father on his sons. One of them, RFK, Jr., the founder of the environmental group Riverkeeper, talks about the themes outlined in this ad today. 

Take a look on the faces on the children at the end, after Kennedy speaks about the possibility of them having to live “underground.”  His campaign probably should have tweaked that prediction out. It’s a bit of a freak out. 

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