Skip to comments.Patrick Kennedy reveals family’s struggles with alcohol in new book
Posted on 10/03/2015 5:32:49 PM PDT by raccoonradio
Kennedy, in a book scheduled to be released Monday, provides an intimate picture of a dysfunctional family and some of its well-publicized struggles with alcoholism and mental health issues and what he describes as a blanket of secrecy that papered over their problems...The book, which Kennedy will discuss on CBSs 60 Minutes Sunday night, is bound to rile other members of the famous family.
I know how some of them are going to react, Kennedy says in a brief excerpt from the show released by CBS. Theyre angry.
He describes a drunken sailing trip in 2000 that turned out to be an embarrassment, and he says he threw up in an Air Force One bathroom on the way to Ireland after too many rum and cokes.
Two days before an infamous crash at the US Capitol in 2006, he writes, he drank eight straight miniature vodkas on the Acela from New York to Washington. No one was injured in the subsequent crash, which occurred in the middle of the night. Kennedy blamed it on taking a combination of Ambien and Phenergan.
In another telling anecdote, Kennedy writes about his father admonishing him at a family gathering after the funeral of Ted Kennedys sister, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, in 2006.
His father was upset that, after he had crashed into a barrier at the US Capitol, Kennedy had gone public with his issues of addiction, in a New York Times article that appeared just days before the funeral.
He called the article a disaster the word he always used to describe the most extreme situations, Kennedy writes. How dare I talk about the family this way? How dare I discuss these things in public?..."
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Seeing as they had a bootlegger in their family history that makes since.
A Kennedy struggling with alcohol? Naaaah, really?
Hillary is an honorary Kennedy.
Oh, I dunno. Ted’s been sober for over 6 years now.
In his next book he will reveal that water is wet.
And he probably wonders why many people think that the pejorative “drunken Irishman” is redundant.
Stop the presses! A Kennedy with a drinking problem.
The trick with distilling alcohol is to distill low and work your way up to the right temp. Eighth grade chemistry. The rest is an art.
Today’s category: The Bleeding Obvious.
Pat, don’t forget sexual deviancy.
Wow. Not sure what to make of it. I will watch the 60 Minutes interview.
As much as I loathe the Kennedy family, I will tip my hat to him if the book is part of his recovery process and not a PR campanign to rehab his image.
Maybe not. Swimmer Kennedy’s grave has been fenced off due to the Scotch fumes that continue to rise from it to this day.
It attracts the homeless.
Robert Kennedy Jr. has a better excuse. He’s a Skakel as well as a Kennedy.
Does Patches explain how the family came to be so enthusiastic about butchering babies?
It’s a pejorative?
What about the Kennedy that went into a tree in Aspen a few years back playing a game of “toss football” while skiing downhill?
Pretty sure alcohol was involved in that one.
Trying to excuse their immorality.
Alcohol abuse is a symptom of unhappiness. It can later turn into a cause, but if the family was so unhappy that they were all drunks, I think the cause was something else.
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