Congressman Patrick Kennedy Has to Be Reminded About JFK

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Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy will have some explaining to do at the next family reunion. While downing vodka at a Capitol Hill bar last week — only hours after giving a speech on his own battles with substance abuse — Kennedy undermined the presidency of his own uncle, John F. Kennedy:


Our tipster adds Kennedy was in a lively mood, joking with others at the bar and even boasting about President Barack Obama, calling him “the best president ever.”

When our tipster countered: “Wait a second. What about your uncle?” — referring, of course, to President John F. Kennedy — the younger Kennedy jovially responded, “Oh yeah! Good one,” and slapped our tipster’s back, he says.

"Oh yeah." Oh yeah. Classic. In Kennedy's defense, he had consumed more than six shots at that point, but let's be honest, that's hardly an excuse for a Kennedy.

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