Assistants to the Head of state:
Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968.
Under John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
(Fun fact: although Kennedy and Johnson were Democrats, McNamara was a Republican)
Robert F. Kennedy.
United States Attorney General. (1961-1964)
United States Senator from New York (1965-1968)
Civil Rights activist, Husband, Father of Eleven.
And would have been one of the Greatest Presidents America ever saw.
“I don’t want to be part of a government, I don’t want to be part of the United States, I don’t want to be part of the American people, and have them write of us as they wrote of Rome: “They made a desert and they called it peace.”
Robert Kennedy speaking to a group of Civil Rights Activists outside the Justice Department, 1963.
”I was watchin’ the local news yesterday. And what I saw happening in that motorcade gave me hope. Negro’s and Mexicans, by the tens of thousands, just leapin’ in front of his car, tearin’ at his clothes, rippin’ at his shoes…they loved him. Now that Dr. King is gone…. no one left but Bobby. No one.”
“When he shall die, take him and cut him out into little stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine…. that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.”
Robert Kennedy campaigning in California.