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Harold Ford Goes Psychic With Dowd: Mrs. Roosevelt Backed RFK


There were several let-me-read-this-again quotes in the column about Harold Ford Jr. by the Times‘ Maureen Dowd that ran this weekend:

–That he has lots of pedicures to stem a terminal case of athelete’s foot, er, feet.

–That his wife wanted out of Tennessee because “there was too much bad racial stuff” there for an interracial marriage.

–That he considers the upscale, model-cluttered Coffee Shop on Union Square just another, well, coffee shop.

But the best line was a headscratcher about Eleanor Roosevelt and Bobby Kennedy…

Ford summoned up the spirit of the great Eleanor Roosevelt and insisted she had opposed Robert F. Kennedy when he successfully carpetbagged his way into a New York senate seat back in 1964: “I’m not comparing myself to Bobby Kennedy by any stretch, but he was opposed by the liberal establishment, too,” Ford said. “Eleanor Roosevelt was the biggest opponent to him running.”

This one caused great head-scratching among readers, and the Times online edition has this addition:

Editor’s Note: Harold Ford was quoted in this column as saying that Eleanor Roosevelt opposed Bobby Kennedy’s New York Senate run. But as many of our readers pointed out, Ford was mistaken; Mrs. Roosevelt died two years before Bobby Kennedy’s run for the New York Senate.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 8, 2010


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