Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:45 PM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:50 PM
Edited by mmmbeans, 04 March 2009 - 07:52 PM.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:42 AM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 12:33 PM
Okay, here is the story...
And I agree he shouldn't be Knighted. I was even trying to find an excuse for him, the only one I could come up with was, He was drunk. But Peter O'Toole is always drunk, and he is a Knight, of course he didn't kill anybody.
Now I need to find if ant other Americans have been Knighted.
Edited by Jangler, 05 March 2009 - 12:56 PM.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 04:06 PM
You watch both your (smarter, more motivated and better looking) brothers get killed for just being policians, then get told it's your turn in the barrel for the family, and see if you don't start drinking heavily.
Hey, he was a football player that the Packers attempted to recruit, did not know that.
typical football player - wild and did some irresponsible things - clearly, he had no great ambitions like his brothers.
Learned to fly.
a quote that backs this up:
"The disadvantage of my position is being constantly compared with two brothers of such superior ability."
Another famous quote:
My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."
In a speech to Congress on March 4, 2009, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown announced that Kennedy had been granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his work in the Northern Ireland peace process, and for his contribution to UK–US relations. As an American citizen, this title would be purely honorary, and therefore he is not entitled to the honorific "Sir", though he is able to use the post-nominal KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
Kennedy released a statement saying he is "deeply grateful" for the "extraordinary honor." "I have always prized the opportunity to work with the British government and strengthen and deepen the role of our two countries as leading beacons of democracy in the world," Kennedy said. "So for me this honor is moving and personal—a reflection not only of my public life, but of things that profoundly matter to me as an individual."
Yeah, he drove off a bridge, he was probably drunk (though no proof exists and he denies it)....but I'd bet that she was even more drunk. A terrible tragedy, and bad judgement, and yes, if he was not Ted Kennedy things may have been tougher for him. But given his situation and his own personal failures, I think he's done a fantastic job. The fact that 41 years later conservatives are still pissed at him for Chappaquidick based on guesses about what happened is a source of amusement to me. Hard partying Dubya could have been in the exact same situation but for fate.