Thursday, May 29, 2008
Ted Sorensen is eighty years old. He worked for John F. Kennedy as an adviser beginning in 1953, when Kennedy was still a senator. Sorensen continued to work for Kennedy until his assassination and then Sorensen worked briefly for Lyndon Johnson. He never held any official position of influence, but he was apparently extremely influential in Kennedy's administration. He also wrote the majority of Kennedy's Pulitzer-prize winning book, Profiles in Courage. Despite his age and lawyerly manner of speaking with excruciating precision (you can see Charlie Rose's exasperation at this habit a couple of times during the interview), he gives an unexpectedly compelling interview.
(Link to video on Charlie Rose's site)