On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke to patrons of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis museum in the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis. There was a reception at the museum for VIP members, followed by a lecture given by Kennedy. Afterwards, a Question and Answer section, moderated by author Peter Ubertaccio, gave the audience a rare chance to ask Kennedy questions about his past, his family, and his beliefs.
The lecture was a rare experience for fans and admirers of the Kennedy family. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke about his memories of his grandparents, Joseph and Rose, as well as those of his uncle and father. The lecture began with light-hearted stories about the quirky eccentricities of life on the Kennedy Compound. Stories about their busy schedule filled with sports, the beach, and family gave listeners a glimpse into the golden age of the Kennedys in Hyannisport. Kennedy told stories about his memories of Honey Fitz, Rose’s father, and the presidency of his uncle.
Eventually, the tone of the lecture turned from joking and fond to more serious. He explained how Rose instilled in her grandchildren the important of the history of Ireland, the home of their ancestors. He explained that this history was the root of the family’s understanding of religious freedom and their love of American history, which gave them opportunities not available in Ireland. He also spoke about the legacy of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with Khrushchev. This led into his belief that the foreign affairs policy of the United States should return to the philosophy that it had in the 60s—that which spread love and help rather than violence which creates terrorists and hate towards America. He related the concept of “monolithic” communism that that of radical Islam. Mr. Kennedy ended his lecture by stating his hope that the US would return to a more loving concept of foreign affairs which could end the terror of radical Islam, as it ended the threat of Communism.