50 Years Ago: Bobby Kennedy Talks about His Future

The Post visited Robert Kennedy and his clan in Hyannis Port in 1967, and he shared his thoughts on student unrest and his brother’s legacy.

Robert Kennedy attempting a sack on a quarterback in a game of touch football.
The Kennedys in one of their customary touch-football games.

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When “At Home with the Heir Apparent” appeared in August of 1967, America was wondering whether Robert Kennedy would run for president the following year.

He appeared a plausible challenger to President Lyndon Johnson, but he hadn’t yet declared himself and had even stated that he would not run against Johnson for the nomination. But there was a lot of support for his candidacy. Many Americans thought Robert, if elected president, would bring back his brother John’s youthful idealism.

We’ll never know what might have happened. On March 16, 1968, Kennedy began his campaign for the Democratic nomination. On March 31, President Johnson announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election.

And six days later, Robert Kennedy was killed.

Page with a close-up of Robert Kennedy
Click to read the August 26, 1967, story “At Home with the Heir Apparent,” by Robert S. Bird.

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