28 May 2006

No Kennedy

Requiescat In Pace  Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr.

  • 11 Feb 1921 - 23 May 2006
  • Texas congressman
  • 1988 Democratic nominee for VP
  • Overnight national figure following a vice presidential debate when whippersnapper Dan Quayle unwisely observed that he had "as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency."

    "Senator," thundered Bentsen, "I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine.

    Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

    thus guaranteeing himself a place in the pantheon of quotable quotes.

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