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Ted Sorensen Died at 82

  1. Ralph Deeds profile image65
    Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago

    Theodore C. Sorensen, Kennedy Counselor and Wordsmith, Dies at 82

    Theodore C. Sorensen, who was a close adviser and counselor
    to John F. Kennedy for 11 years, writing words and giving
    voice to ideas that shaped the president's image and legacy,
    died Sunday. He was 82.

    Mr. Sorensen said he suspected the headline on his obituary
    would read: "Theodore Sorenson, Kennedy Speechwriter,"
    misspelling his name and misjudging his work. "I was never
    just a speechwriter," he said in an interview with The New
    York Times in 2007.

    He was best known for working with Mr. Kennedy on passages of
    soaring rhetoric, including the 1961 inaugural address
    proclaiming that "the torch has been passed to a new
    generation of Americans" and challenging citizens: "Ask not
    what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for
    your country." Mr. Sorensen drew on the Bible, the Gettysburg
    Address and the words of Thomas Jefferson and Winston
    Churchill as he helped hone and polish that speech.

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  2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    That generation are slowly disappearing...

  3. ahorseback profile image82
    ahorsebackposted 7 years ago

    As usual , It is the people behind the image that play the biggest parts while the "Image " stands in front of the podium. Kennedy the great , Oh  my god no, But I thought he was the king. And yet he had a "speech writer" too. But what about "Camelot", what about the great family in the white house? I'm am hurt.Why did you have to tell us this?

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image65
      Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Abraham Lincoln may be the last president who wrote his own speeches. Sorensen was one of the best. My aunt was one of his classmates at U of Nebraska.