Kennedy praises movie about his brothers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Edward Kennedy said a new movie about the 1962
Cuban missile crisis reminded him of his brothers and thanked President Bush
for inviting him to a special screening at the White House.
"It's excellent," Kennedy, D-Mass., said of the film "Thirteen Days," which
depicts how the Kennedy White House faced down the Soviets over the
deployment of missiles in Cuba.
"I obviously have a lot of emotions because it reminds me of my brothers.
doesn't go by when I don't think of them," Kennedy said of John F. Kennedy and
Robert F. Kennedy.
He said the film sends "a very powerful message" about the decision-making
responsibilities of the president. "It reminds us that very often the military figures
make recommendations for a military solution and diplomats make
recommendations for just a diplomatic solution where the president has to find a
way to use his power and influence to meld the two options in a creative way."
Kennedy said he agreed it was "President Kennedy's finest hour."
He said it was "very gracious" of Bush to invite him and his family to
screening Thursday evening. He was joined by his wife, Victoria; son Rep.
Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I.; and niece Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy
Townsend and her daughter.
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