Bobby Kennedy was a special man whose touch changed America profoundly, infers David M. Shribman of The Boston Globe. His ideals of compassion, self-analysis and progress have never been represented so strongly by a single individual. Appealing to both black people and the white working class, Bobby Kennedy managed to create solidarity where there was none before. He shaped the country’s view of the Vietnam war as well as of race. He managed to be liberal in a way that wasn’t too extreme, that was still uniting and inspiring to most. No liberals managed that after him. Bobby Kennedy was a great figure in American history.
Bobby Kennedy was far from the great man that many portray him as nowadays, asserts Howie Carr of the Boston Herald. The uniting, liberal and inclusive image that is painted of him often ignores his anti-Semitism and homophobia. He is known to have used hateful languages against both of these groups. Furthermore, while JFK was criticized for having cheated at Harvard, RFK did the same at Portsmouth Priory. Bobby Kennedy also copied his brother’s adultery. As attorney general, he was also the one to approve wiretapping Martin Luther King Jr, which cost him the Oregon primary. He wasn’t as good as many like to believe.