Episode 8 The Kennedys


Episode 8

Drama series charting the lives of America's first couple. Bobby is irrevocably changed following his brother's assassination while he considers running for the Presidency.


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-Previously:

-We're over there to beat the Commies.

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Your tremendous grasp of the obvious is contributing nothing.

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On the contrary, if you had a better grasp, we'd get some work done.

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It hasn't always been easy,

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and it's never been boring.

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CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

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GUNSHOT HE GROANS

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The president has been shot.

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When I get more details, I'll call you back.

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Does this mean that you're gonna be president now?

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CHOIR: # O holy spirit

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# Who didst brood

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# Upon the waters dark and rude

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# And bid their angry tumult cease

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# And give for wild confusion... #

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MAN: over 100 presidents, kings, and ministers

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from nearly every country in the world

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have come to Arlington cemetery

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to bury John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

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The details of these last three days of mourning,

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even to the bier upon which the president's casket

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was displayed in the Capitol, were modelled after the funeral

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of another fallen president, Abraham Lincoln,

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this at the instruction of the first lady.

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Having lit the eternal flame

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at the head of her husband's grave,

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Mrs Kennedy, still composed, still dignified,

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leaves the gravesite with the attorney general.

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Hovering over this sombre day, the question still lingers-

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why was president Kennedy killed?

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Did lee Harvey Oswald act alone,

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or was he part of a larger conspiracy?

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A reasonable man cannot honestly believe you, Mr Giancana,

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when you say that you- you can't recall that.

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Would you tell us about the murder of Leon Marcus?

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Uh, did-did you have any connection with that?

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I decline to answer because I honestly believe my answer

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might tend to incriminate me.

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Well, would you tell us anything, anything at all,

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about any of your operations,

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or will you just, er, giggle every time I ask you a question?

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CHUCKLES: I decline to answer because I honestly believe

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my answer might tend to incriminate me.

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I thought only little girls giggled, Mr Giancana.

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Others have speculated that foreign enemies of the United States

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could have been responsible for the assassination.

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Well, it's called Operation Mongoose.

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It won't be run out of the White House or CIA.

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"The overthrow and elimination of Fidel Castro."

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Jack, CIA's got people in pipelines everywhere. They'll figure this out.

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I don't care. I don't trust the bastards, not after the Bay of Pigs.

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You're gonna run point on this, Bobby, through Justice.

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Well, let's hope we get the bastard this time.

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Well, you may only get one shot, so if you get him in your sights,

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don't miss, or else we may end up in his sights.

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On Sunday, John F. Kennedy's fellow citizens paid their respects

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in the great rotunda of the Capitol,

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most of them unaware that another murder had taken place

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in Dallas, as nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed

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Lee Harvey Oswald, the president's assassin,

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in the basement of police...

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I was watching that.

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It's enough. Come to bed.

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I'm not tired.

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Bobby, you're exhausted.

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I...do they expect us to believe

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that he just walked in there, and shot him like that?

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WHISPERS: Bobby...

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CRYING: Oh, god.

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Ethel, I've made so many enemies...

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..they killed my brother because of me.

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No. No. Look at me. What happened had nothing- nothing to do with you.

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Don't ever say that.

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Is that from my brother's casket?

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Jackie brought it last week.

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Bobby's here to see you. Hmm?

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Thank you.

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Hi, Dad.

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I heard, er...

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Jackie brought this by for you.

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That was nice.

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These, er, stars remind me of "Romeo and Juliet."

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You remember your Shakespeare, Dad?

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"When he shall die,

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"take him and cut him out in little stars,

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"and he shall make the face of heaven so fine

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"that all the world will be in love with night,

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and pay no worship to the garish sun."

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SIGHS

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OBJECT RATTLES

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I made...

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So many mistakes.

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I always thought that I could do whatever I wanted.

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As long as we were on the side of the angels...

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That nothing else mattered.

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No-one could touch us.

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But I was wrong.

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I was arrogant.

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I'm so sorry, Dad.

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I'm so terribly sorry.

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HE CRIES

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SNIFFLES

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SNIFFLES

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CRIES

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SOBBING

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Mother.

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Come with me, Bobby.

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HE SIGHS

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I've spoken to Ethel,

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and she says that she's tried to get you

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to accept the solace of the church, but you won't.

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No, I want to accept it, mother.

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It's-it's just not...

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There anymore.

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Joe Jr..

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Rosemary...

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With all I've seen, how could I bear it if it wasn't for my faith?

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His means may be mysterious, but his ends aren't.

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Pray the rosary with me.

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I believe in God, the father almighty,

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creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,

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his only son, our lord,

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who was conceived by the holy spirit,

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born of the virgin Mary...

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Mrs Kennedy shouldn't be too long, sir.

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Thank you.

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General, I... The president meant a lot to me, sir,

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and I will miss him for the rest of my life.

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He cared for you a great deal, Abraham.

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Excuse me, sir.

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I'm glad you're here.

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They're packing things up already.

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TAPS OBJECT

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I don't know where... We're going to go.

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I don't want you to worry about any of that.

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I'll find you a home.

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You have enough to worry about.

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Jackie, I'll never be too busy for you.

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It's the least I can do.

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Make up for Jack not being here.

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You don't have to make up for it.

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I've been going through, er, everything in my head...

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How things might have turned out differently.

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That's all I've been able to think about.

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If I had just leaned in...

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An inch closer...

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If I'd turned to him a second sooner...

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Why did we have to have the top down?

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You dedicated your life to him, Bobby.

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Uh, you- you don't have to make it up to anybody,

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least of all me.

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Jackie, you're my family.

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You're my responsibility now.

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FOOTSTEPS APPROACH

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Excuse me, Ma'am.

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Whenever you're ready.

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SHE SIGHS

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STAFF WHISPER INDISTINCTLY

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At first I...

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I didn't want to come to this house.

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Now I can't seem to leave.

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Thank you.

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Mrs Kennedy.

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Mrs Kennedy.

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Thank you, sir.

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Mrs Kennedy.

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Thank you, Abraham.

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Jackie.

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Another sad day, my dear.

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This house will never be the same.

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It was so nice of you

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to let the children and I stay on these past two weeks.

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You served our country with nobility and grace,

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and I hope that when you're ready, you continue to serve.

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I know I'm a just a caretaker.

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You're the true keeper of his memory.

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Thank you, Lyndon.

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I'm sorry.

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Mr President.

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Lyndon.

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Always.

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God bless you.

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INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS

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Mrs Kennedy! Mrs Kennedy! ...America wants to know.

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Jackie. Jackie. Right here! Excuse me. Mrs Kennedy!

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sir! Sir, get out of the way.

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Step back. Right there. Sir, step back.

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Did you see President Johnson?

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Is it true that the president wanted you to leave?

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Everybody, back up.

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Can we get a shot of you and the children?

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Get off of there!

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Just one shot, please!

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Let her through. Officer, get these people out of here.

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I want you people out of here.

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This is private property.

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Go home. Go home! Mrs Kennedy, how does it feel to leave the white house?

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She's a private citizen now! Mrs Kennedy!

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She's a private citizen! Go home. Go home!

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I want that road blocked off whenever Mrs Kennedy is in residence.

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We can't do that.

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I don't want to hear about what you can't do.

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I want you to take care of it!

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I'm sorry, sir.

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Damn you. She's the First Lady of the United States!

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It's your job to protect her! I need you to help me protect her!

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Bobby. Don't.

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I'm sorry. Mr Kennedy didn't mean that.

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I'll be outside, Ma'am.

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It's OK, my darlings.

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Take them upstairs.

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HE SIGHS

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Bobby.

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Whatever needs to be done, Jackie, I will take care of you.

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Hey, kid.

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Hi, you.

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I miss you, Bobby.

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I miss being close to you.

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I miss you, too.

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I'm so sorry.

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I... I'm...

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No, it's OK. It's OK.

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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Hello?

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Bobby...

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There were people here.

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What. Where?

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On the property. Photographers.

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Jackie, let's have a look.

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Jackie, are you OK. Were they inside the house with you?

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No. No, the secret service chased them away.

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I'll be right there.

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'No, it's OK. It just spooked me a little. I'm not used to this.'

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No, no, no. No, it's no-no problem.

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OK, I'll be there in ten minutes.

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OK.

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OK.

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Photographers outside her house. Bastards.

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She all right?

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Yeah, I think she's fine.

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Then why are you going?

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She's all alone, Ethel.

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Bobby, she has the secret service.

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I know. It's not the same. She needs family right now.

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Tell her you'll see her in the morning.

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She needs me now.

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So do I.

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Please don't.

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Please don't do that.

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See her in the morning.

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I'm sorry it's so late.

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I don't mind.

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Thank you for coming over.

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How are the children doing?

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They're much more resilient than we are.

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Caroline loves her new school.

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I have a parents' night next week.

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That'll be awkward.

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Jackie, I can go with you, if you...

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Need someone there.

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It's no trouble.

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Bobby, I'm so grateful...

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For everything.

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It's fine.

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No.

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You have a family.

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You're my family.

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It's gonna be OK.

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SHE SNIFFLES

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How's Jackie?

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She's fine.

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How are you?

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Great.

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Ethel, I know you've been hurting.

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Ever since Jack died, I've been...

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Feeling the same in my own heart.

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I've been hiding from you and the children.

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But I want you to know that I'm here for you.

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I'm here for you now.

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You haven't been hiding.

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You've been mourning,

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and there's a difference.

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Well...

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Whatever it is, it's over now.

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I'm thinking about Jack.

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If he saw me right now, he'd say,

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"Bobby, get off your ass and do something."

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I don't think I have a choice, really.

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I have to carry on for him.

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I think I owe it to him to...

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Make an effort to ensure

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what he envisioned for this country really happens.

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SETS PICTURE DOWN

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'And it is now obvious that this is going to be

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'a huge election victory for president Johnson'

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over senator Goldwater -

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perhaps the largest landslide in American history.

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In the senate race in new York, which attracted

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almost as much attention as the national race,

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Robert Kennedy, the former attorney general

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and brother of the late president,

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won over the incumbent, senator Kenneth Keating.

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Thank you. Thank you.

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Senator from New York!

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Little runt couldn't even vote for himself cos he's registered in Massachusetts.

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Contrary to what, er, was said during the campaign,

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I do know where the Hudson River is.

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LAUGHTER

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You and lady bird should be celebrating, Mr President.

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Don't let this bother you.

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He rode in on my coattails.

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When it looked like he might lose, I campaigned for him.

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I shall devote all of my efforts

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and whatever talents I possess to the state of New York.

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CHEERING

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Bastard's gonna use the senate to come gunnin' for me in '68.

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I am announcing today

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my candidacy for the presidency of the United States.

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'I run because it is now unmistakably clear'

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that we can change these disastrous,

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divisive policies only by changing the men who are now making them.

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I do not lightly dismiss the difficulties and the dangers of challenging an incumbent president,

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but these are not ordinary times, and this is not an ordinary election.

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Finally, my decision reflects

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no personal animosity or disrespect

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towards president Johnson.

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I shall not seek

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and I will not accept

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the nomination of my party

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for another term as your president.

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It's unbelievable.

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'But let men everywhere, however...'

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It's gonna be ours, Bobby.

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There's nothing in our way now.

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'It's now clear that senator Eugene McCarthy

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'will defeat senator Kennedy in the Oregon primary.

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'Despite spending roughly 1 million a week, Kennedy was unable to appeal

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'to the state's largely white, largely protestant,

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'and largely middle-class voters.

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'This is the first electoral defeat

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'ever suffered by a member of the Kennedy family,

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'and it makes the upcoming California primary...'

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Could you, er, turn that off, please?

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'...For the senator from new York.'

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Well, I think it's clear

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that we, er, lost here, all by ourselves.

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It had nothing to do with the, er, protestants.

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This was our responsibility.

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This was our effort, and we dropped the ball.

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We had lousy polling information,

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we didn't motivate the precinct captains to get out the vote,

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and we can do better. We can do more.

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So I want, er, each of you on planes tonight to California,

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and make, er, damn sure that we rally here,

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that we show some balls,

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that we go in there and we win this thing.

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Because if I have anything to do with it,

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this is the last election a Kennedy's gonna lose.

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All right, now go. Go. Each of you, go.

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we'll get it right in California.

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I know.

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I'm going back to our room. Are you coming?

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No. You go.

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I'm gonna...stay here and get some work done.

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Night.

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You know, this wouldn't have, er, happened to Jack.

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Bobby...

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Jack had you.

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Thanks.

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Henry Cabot Lodge is beating us by two touchdowns.

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What the hell are you doing, Bobby? You're the campaign manager.

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I know, Dad, and I'd appreciate if you would actually let me manage it.

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Oh, so it's my fault we're behind?

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No, but we're running a state-wide race here,

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and you brought in your old cronies from Charleston.

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How am I supposed to work with that?

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Half of them think that Wilson is still president.

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You've got them going around the neighbourhoods,

0:27:280:27:30

handing out 20 bucks for coal. It worked when Jack ran for congress.

0:27:300:27:33

I know, but that was right after the war.

0:27:330:27:35

The world's a different place now, Dad. Money still talks, Bobby.

0:27:350:27:39

If the day ever comes when I don't get my money's worth...

0:27:390:27:42

Well, the day is here, and we need to recognise it, Dad.

0:27:420:27:45

TELEPHONE RINGS That's precisely the reason why we're losing.

0:27:450:27:49

RING

0:27:490:27:53

Well, what do you suggest?

0:27:530:27:54

RING

0:27:540:27:57

Well, I think we've got a lot of dead weight around here and I wanna get rid of it.

0:27:570:28:01

If you don't wanna tell 'em, I will. I'll do it.

0:28:010:28:03

And we got, er, Jack crisscrossing the state.

0:28:030:28:05

He's in Springfield in the morning, Plymouth in the afternoon, back up to Northampton at night.

0:28:050:28:10

We're killing him.

0:28:100:28:11

We need to conserve his energy,

0:28:110:28:13

make the schedule more efficient.

0:28:130:28:15

It still doesn't get us more votes. I know. Let me finish.

0:28:150:28:19

We have the best resource in the world,

0:28:190:28:21

and we're not even using it.

0:28:210:28:23

What's that? Us, family.

0:28:230:28:26

We should get mother out there,

0:28:260:28:28

get her telling stories about when Jack was little.

0:28:280:28:32

People love her, Dad.

0:28:320:28:33

They love that. They wanna know that we're a real family.

0:28:330:28:38

CHUCKLES

0:28:380:28:40

Your mother's a natural campaigner. We'll have tea parties.

0:28:400:28:44

"Tea with Rose Kennedy."

0:28:450:28:48

TELEPHONE DIAL CLICKING

0:28:480:28:50

That's a good idea, Dad.

0:28:510:28:53

CHEERING

0:28:590:29:01

when Lodge called to concede, he said, "I coulda beaten you.

0:29:050:29:08

"I coulda beaten you and the old man"...

0:29:080:29:10

"but that damn mother of yours...

0:29:100:29:13

"And those Kennedy tea parties..."

0:29:130:29:16

LAUGHTER

0:29:160:29:18

Thank you. Thank you.

0:29:180:29:22

You made the difference.

0:29:220:29:24

Hey, boys. Boys, come on. Come on over here.

0:29:240:29:27

You, er, take a photograph of this.

0:29:270:29:29

One day it may be worth something.

0:29:290:29:32

Mother, it's Bobby. No, I'm fine, but I need you again.

0:29:380:29:43

Pack your bags?

0:29:430:29:45

Of course, I could tell you about all the times that he was naughty

0:29:450:29:52

and I had to spank him with a ruler.

0:29:520:29:55

LAUGHING

0:29:550:29:57

Well, it must have worked,

0:29:570:29:59

because Ethel tells me he's not naughty anymore.

0:29:590:30:02

LAUGHTER

0:30:020:30:04

It-it-it-it's very important that you vote for him for president.

0:30:040:30:11

He has ten children, you know, and Ethel is pregnant again,

0:30:110:30:16

and the White House is the only place large enough.

0:30:160:30:20

LAUGHING

0:30:200:30:22

So it gives me great pleasure to introduce my seventh child-

0:30:220:30:28

Robert Francis Kennedy.

0:30:280:30:30

I'd like to thank my mother for the kind introduction.

0:30:390:30:43

that's what it's gotten down to in this, er, campaign,

0:30:430:30:46

when, er, some of the polls came out that we weren't doing so well.

0:30:460:30:50

We-we-we took Mother.

0:30:500:30:52

Make sure you tell 'em about my ideas for improving public schools.

0:30:540:30:58

I'm gonna tell 'em.

0:30:580:31:00

Because-because it's very important to capture children's imaginations.

0:31:000:31:05

Yes, I know. I know, Mother.

0:31:050:31:06

I'm gonna tell 'em. Why don't you give your own speech?

0:31:060:31:09

I-that's just it- my brother and I- that's the reason she never introduced us before is,

0:31:090:31:12

we wouldn't go on the same platform with her.

0:31:120:31:15

You couldn't possibly compete with that.

0:31:150:31:17

No, no, I'm fine. I'm just, er...

0:31:170:31:22

A little lonely, I suppose.

0:31:220:31:25

All the, er, hotel rooms start to look the same after a while.

0:31:250:31:29

How are the kids? I miss them.

0:31:290:31:31

They're fine. They miss you, too.

0:31:310:31:35

The campaign looks like it's going great.

0:31:350:31:38

Yeah, the, er, polling here in California is great.

0:31:380:31:41

Um, the crowds have been unbelievable, really.

0:31:410:31:44

I'm so glad for you.

0:31:440:31:47

Mm-hmm. Is everything OK with you?

0:31:470:31:51

I wanted to talk to you about something.

0:31:510:31:54

Sure. Anything. What is it?

0:31:540:31:56

You know Onassis and I have been seeing each other

0:31:560:32:00

for quite some time.

0:32:000:32:02

Yes, I know. I know you have.

0:32:020:32:06

And he's asked me to marry him.

0:32:060:32:11

That d-doesn't come as a great surprise to me.

0:32:170:32:22

I know you don't...

0:32:220:32:25

Approve of him.

0:32:250:32:27

No, I don't...Jackie. I think he's a collector.

0:32:270:32:31

He collects things, and that's what you are to him.

0:32:340:32:36

You-you are the most desirable, beautiful thing in the world

0:32:360:32:40

to, er, to him.

0:32:400:32:42

I just don't believe that in your heart you could possibly love him.

0:32:440:32:48

I was in love with Jack.

0:32:480:32:52

I'll never feel that way again.

0:32:520:32:55

Then why are you doing this?

0:32:580:33:01

I have to keep my children safe.

0:33:010:33:05

He can protect them.

0:33:050:33:10

His island is...

0:33:100:33:12

A private world where no-one can get to them.

0:33:120:33:16

I mean, they've been hounded by photographers

0:33:180:33:21

and people all their lives.

0:33:210:33:25

Don't they deserve... A chance to just be children?

0:33:250:33:30

Of course they do. I just want you to be happy.

0:33:300:33:35

Jackie, you deserve to be happy.

0:33:350:33:38

Thank you, Bobby.

0:33:420:33:44

Could you, er, delay the announcement

0:33:450:33:49

until after the election?

0:33:490:33:51

You could cost me five states, you know.

0:33:510:33:53

Of course.

0:33:530:33:57

I wasn't going to say anything,

0:33:570:33:59

and I already spoke to Ari about it.

0:33:590:34:01

He's not going to say anything until after you're president.

0:34:010:34:06

I admire your optimism.

0:34:080:34:11

I love you, Jackie.

0:34:160:34:19

I love you, Bobby.

0:34:210:34:25

'I gotta go.'

0:34:250:34:27

Well, um, I'll talk to you soon.

0:34:290:34:31

Bye-bye.

0:34:310:34:33

CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

0:34:450:34:46

What I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis,

0:34:460:34:50

and that what's been going on within the United States over the period of the last three years -

0:34:500:34:54

the divisions, the violence,

0:34:540:34:56

the disenchantment with our society,

0:34:560:34:58

the divisions, whether it's between blacks and whites,

0:34:580:35:01

between the poor and the more affluent,

0:35:010:35:03

or between age groups or the war in Vietnam - is that we can start to work together.

0:35:030:35:06

We're a great country and a selfless country

0:35:060:35:10

and a compassionate country,

0:35:100:35:11

and I intend to make that my basis for running over the period of the next few months.

0:35:110:35:15

CHEERING

0:35:150:35:17

So it's my-my thanks to all of you,

0:35:180:35:22

and now it's on to Chicago, and let's win there.

0:35:220:35:25

CHEERING

0:35:250:35:28

This way, senator.

0:35:330:35:35

We want Bobby! We want Bobby!

0:35:350:35:39

We want Bobby. We want Bobby!

0:35:390:35:43

Out of the way. Out of the way.

0:35:490:35:52

Right this way, sir.

0:35:520:35:54

Everybody out of the way. Hey, get out of the way.

0:35:540:35:57

Thank you. How are you? Thank you very much.

0:35:570:36:02

Bobby, this is our time.

0:36:040:36:07

You are the Kennedys to me.

0:36:190:36:22

Bobby!

0:36:220:36:26

Bobby!

0:36:260:36:28

INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS

0:36:280:36:32

GUNSHOTS, SCREAMS

0:36:370:36:40

PEOPLE SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY

0:36:420:36:45

Hail Mary, full of grace...

0:36:450:36:47

Bobby. Bobby!

0:36:470:36:50

Bobby. Breathe, baby. Breathe.

0:36:520:36:54

I love you, Ethel.

0:36:540:36:57

CRYING

0:36:570:36:58

Is everyone else OK?

0:36:580:37:01

SNIFFLES

0:37:020:37:04

I love you.

0:37:040:37:06

Oh, god!

0:37:060:37:09

Somebody get a doctor! Get a doctor!

0:37:090:37:12

Bobby. Bobby.

0:37:120:37:14

Bobby!

0:37:140:37:15

Bobby. Bobby!

0:37:150:37:17

SOBBING

0:37:170:37:21

SOBBING FADES

0:37:230:37:26

SPEAKS INAUDIBLY

0:38:270:38:30

BOTH SPEAKING INAUDIBLY

0:38:300:38:32

The car's waiting, Mrs Onassis.

0:39:000:39:02

I want them to plant new roses.

0:39:270:39:30

Don't you think that would be nice,

0:39:310:39:34

to have new roses next year?

0:39:340:39:37

There you are, Jack.

0:39:490:39:50

All right.

0:39:500:39:52

Well, Dad?

0:39:520:39:55

Your house, Mr President,

0:39:550:39:59

your office.

0:39:590:40:01

Well, I say, to, er, interesting times

0:40:030:40:05

and, er, to the United States of America.

0:40:050:40:08

To my husband.

0:40:100:40:13

To a, er, re-election campaign that I don't have to manage.

0:40:140:40:20

LAUGHS

0:40:200:40:22

To another baby.

0:40:220:40:24

Our lord makes all things possible.

0:40:270:40:31

May we work for his greater glory.

0:40:310:40:33

Amen.

0:40:330:40:35

To this family.

0:40:350:40:37

If I knew its secret, I'd bottle it and sell it.

0:40:370:40:41

I believe we do know the secret, Dad.

0:40:410:40:45

It's you.

0:40:450:40:47

I'll drink to that. Hear, hear.

0:40:500:40:53

GLASSES CLINK

0:40:530:40:55

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