He was one of the wealthiest Americans of his time. He obtained his wealth using many questionable practices in a turbulent era. His generation of wealth was founded on human vices and people said it was dishonest. He had a large family that he said was more important to him than anything else. The media loved his background and his story. He became chummy with many movie stars and rumors of infidelities with them were the subject of less than reputable news outlets.
So, you think I’m talking about Donald Trump, right? Actually, no. I was referring to Joe Kennedy. Hard to tell them apart, right? Scary if you look at the parallels.
The difference, of course, is that in Kennedy’s case it was the son (JFK) who runs for President. He had been just a one term Senator before running for the Presidency, the highest office in the land. Going back 60 years to those times, there were different expectations of our President. Joe thought there was no way a guy like him could run with all his baggage. So, he tried to ‘sanitize’ his son, distancing him from all the controversy.
Looking at John Kennedy, he wrote a book that became a window into his life. It was often quoted during the campaign. Does this sound familiar? Certainly, the popular book ‘Art of the Deal’ is part of the Trump mystique as well. Now, Joe Kennedy did not run for office, but it is true that after John Kennedy won he had a huge problem getting his father to stay out of the Oval Office. Joe wanted to run the Presidency through his son by all accounts. Looking at John Kennedy, he marries a model and has a young son and daughter while in office – a storybook scenario, right? Well, today we have Trump marrying his third model and also bringing a young son into the White House. Are you seeing how this turns out yet?
Hopefully, it won’t turn out like 1963. Seriously, today we see Trump starting by surrounding himself with a brain trust to compensate for his inexperience just as JFK did. He has a running mate that he needed politically to win, but had no association with beforehand. Honestly, both VP’s are political ‘lifers’ who must act as the political adult in the setup, and one who comes from a different wing in his party – one who acts to build back political cohesiveness post-election. All the interviews are being done today at Trump Tower, with all the associated optics. In the Kennedy case – they had the Kennedy Compound at Hyannis Port. Wow, the parallels are amazing…. Right?
So you ask, how does this all bring back the aura of Camelot when there is all of this crazy protesting at the onset? The public and media hate Trump more than any other newly elected President in modern times. Give it a year or two. The press actually loves Trump and can’t get enough of him. They will glamorize Melania and their young son. There will be pictures of Donald and his son playing. They will have spectacular vacations, state dinners, events, and travel. Melania will become a queen. Trump will become a king in all but name, at least in the way the press will treat him. If he enacts half of the initiatives he’s proposed and gets his Congress to stay in line, prosperity will return. When it does, the aura of Camelot will clearly be in place. So, in my view everybody has it wrong – it is not Ronald Reagan who is taking office in 2016, but John Kennedy …….don’t you think?