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Clark CliffordThe Wise Man of Washington$
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John Acacia

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125510

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125510.001.0001

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Kennedy's Consigliere

Kennedy's Consigliere

(p.202) 8 Kennedy's Consigliere
Clark Clifford

John Acacia

University Press of Kentucky

The patriarch of the Kennedy family, former ambassador Joseph Kennedy, was furious at journalist Drew Pearson for claiming that his son, Senator John F. Kennedy, was not the author of Profiles in Courage, the book for which he had won a Pulitzer Prize, and that it had been ghostwritten for him, presumably by aide Theodore Sorensen. Ambassador Kennedy had a reputation as a hothead, but in this case his anger had some foundation and not merely because he believed that Pearson had libeled his son. It was December 1957, and Jack was contemplating a run for the presidency. The accusation that Kennedy had not written Profiles in Courage yet had accepted the Pulitzer Prize for it could be devastating to his yet-undeclared candidacy, as it would expose him to the American public as a fraud. So with his political career on the line, the would-be candidate sought out the eminent Washington attorney, Clark Clifford.

Keywords:   Joseph Kennedy, Drew Pearson, John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage, Pulitzer Prize, Theodore Sorensen, presidency, American public, Clark Clifford

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