At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Bobby Kennedy (then still the country’s Attorney General) introduced a memorial tribute to his brother. It was ten months after Jack was killed in Dallas.
The standing ovation lasted for a combined total of twenty-two minutes. Bobby, soul-searching through his suffering, was changing his life’s focus. No longer in his brother’s shadow, he needed to find his own career path.
With a face showing both anguish (at his personal loss) and gratitude (for the honor the audience was giving to their assassinated President), Bobby seemed, at times, overwhelmed by the people’s response.
When he finished his speech, he left the hall. Sitting on a fire escape, he wept.
Clip is from “The Garish Sun,” the first hour of RFK, a film produced by David Grubin and aired on PBS’ American Experience. Copyright, Grubin, all rights reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.
Written and Directed by David Grubin
Produced by David Grubin and Sarah Colt
Narrated by Blair Brown
Music by Michael Bacon