May 15, 2004

Standing out in a "noneccentric, nonsarcastic way."

So what did all those elite boy's school kids think of John Kerry when he was 16? From a good long article in the NYT:
"I think hatred is too strong a word ... Loathing is too strong a word. He may have seemed a little calculating to some people, and perhaps to me as well at the time, but he wanted to be liked. He may have just been a little more obvious about it. Not bad training for a politician. He wanted recognition, and in a place like that, anybody who did stand out in a noneccentric, nonsarcastic way, some people might be a little suspicious of."

The trials of being a not rich enough, not Protestant, not Republican, and openly serious about politics.

1 comment:

lindsey said...

"Mr. Kerry's mother, Rosemary, was born into two of New England's oldest families: on her mother's side, the Winthrops, whose patriarch, John Winthrop, helped settle Boston in 1630; on her father's, the Forbeses, who pioneered trade with China and had extensive land holdings on Cape Cod. But Rosemary was one of 11 children of an international businessman, and by the time she met a young Boston law student named Richard J. Kerry on the eve of World War II, her own family's wealth had dwindled."Yes, boo hoo. Kerry's not a member of the elite. Even though he's got more money than Dubya.