Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ted Sorensen, 1928-2010. R.I.P.

Ted Sorensen, who served as the principal speechwriter for President Kennedy, died today of complications from a stroke. He was 82.

Sorensen's association with Kennedy began in 1953 after he had been elected to the Senate and continued into the White House. He heavily collaborated with Kennedy on his book Profiles in Courage.

Sorensen was an early supporter of Barack Obama likening him to JFK. He would later express disappointment with Obama but from an elitist point of view. Sorensen claimed Obama's speeches "are too complicated for typical citizens."

In March 2009, Sorensen was amongst several officials in various Democratic and Republican administrations who called upon President Obama to engage in talks with Hamas. I am sure Sorensen believed his adage, "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." But why would anyone negotiate with Hamas unless it was out of fear?

Still, he was a man of many words.

No comments: