Any Kennedy-Waitress-Dodd sandwiches being served?
One of Kennedys close friends, former editor of Newsweek and New York Times Magazine Ed Klein, tells the Diane Rehm Show that Chappaquiddick jokes were high up on the list (audio here, at 30:10):
I dont know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick? That is just the most amazing thing. Its not that he didnt feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.
Jules Crittenden wonders (with a great deal of snark) if you had to be there. Mark Hemingway is aghast:
EXCUSE ME? If thats true it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly haigographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that hes trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as hes trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasnt the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But Im sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond you had to be there.