Political journalists of left and righ heave peen paying tribute this week to Ted Sorenson who died a few days ago.
Ted who? you might well ask. Right, I’d never heard of him either the news that he died.
Apparently he was President Kennedy’s speechwriter and a highly regarded counsellor to the Kennedy administation in the U.S.A. According to an untypically hyperbolic article in The Independent, Sorenson was “the backbone of Camelot.” (Really? I thought that was the bloke who played Victor Meldrew.
The Daily Telegraph is even more hyperbolic, saying Kennedy’s election victory in 1960 was largely down to Sorenson’s ability to find exactly the right phrase to communicate each key point.
Again we’re surprised. Could they really be talking about the man who put the line “Ich bin ein Berliner” in President Kennedy’s mouth? It means “I am a doughnut” which would have been fine for one of George W. Bush’s speeches.