Alex Massie Alex Massie

Ted Kennedy’s Finest Speech?

Well, his address to the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City is probably Kennedy’s most famous speech. It may not have been his finest hour but it was certainly Bob Shrum’s. Indeed, so successful was it that Shrum has subsequently tried to capture its echoes in speeches written for other, invariably lesser, politicians.

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