A worker puts the finishing touch on the “Waitress Sandwich” installation
President Obama and a host of other dignitaries will descend on the Hub today to dedicate the new ?Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, after a pricey gala last night for high-rolling donors that the organizers did not identify.
The dedication of the $79 million institute on Columbia Point — subsidized with $38 million of federal earmarks and $5 million in state subsidies — begins at ?10 a.m. and will feature remarks from Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, among others.
The nonprofit institute held a gala last night, charging $250,000 for people who want to be members of the “chairman’s circle,” and $100,000 for a package of six “benefactor” tickets and recognition at the event. Other ticket prices ranged from $50,000 down to $2,500, the cheapest ticket for an individual.
Forty-three million dollars of our money—over half the cost—and the cheapest ticket to get into the roach motel is $2,500. So Kennedy.
When Ted Kennedy wrote his initial account of Chappaquiddick for the Edgartown police in 1969, after he scrawled the words “Mary Jo” in the first sentence he left a blank space — because he had no idea what his victim’s last name was.
That’s one of the many facts about Ted Kennedy that you won’t learn by visiting the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
Ted was named after Edward Moore, his father’s faithful procurer.
It’s an “interactive museum,” and for the kiddies, there is what is called a “Senate Immersion Module.” Yes, immersion. Although presumably not in the backseat of a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont.
In September 1972, in the Oval Office, Henry Kissinger told President Nixon a story about Cristina Ford, Henry Ford’s wife, being stalked by Teddy in Manhattan. Finally Mrs. Ford locked herself in her suite at the Carlyle Hotel, where FBI reports in 1965 said Teddy had been engaging in wild “sex parties,” like his older brothers before him, with Marilyn Monroe.
Kissinger: “(He) practically beat her door down … She finally told him, ‘What if the newspapers get this?’ He said, ‘No newspapers are going to print anything about me. I’ve got that covered.’?”
Nixon: “Jesus Christ! That’s pretty arrogant.”
Says Nixon! If Nixon is calling you arrogant, you’ve retired the trophy.
Entering the museum, visitors will see a video that includes snippets from some of Ted’s famous speeches. I hope the family retainers include the very truthful remarks he made in 1965 about the Immigration Reform Act:
“The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs …”
How about this speech about Nixon’s pardon in 1974, five years after the brooming of what the inquest judge described as his manslaughter of Mary Jo what’s-her-name:
“Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”
Here’s another snippet, from the Senate debate in 1991 over Clarence Thomas’ confirmation to the Supreme Court. At the time Ted was under subpoena to testify at his nephew’s rape trial in West Palm Beach:
“Are we an old-boys’ club — insensitive at best and perhaps something worse? Will we strain to concoct any excuse? To tolerate any unsubstantiated attack on a woman?”
Finally, the museum has an “almost exact replica” of Teddy’s Senate office. I trust that means a very well-stocked bar has been included, and if it’s really going to be exact, it will have to be an open bar.
Bartender — a Chivas on the rocks!
I wrote over the weekend about Harry Reid’s decade of defilement and debasement of the Senate, but I should have bided my time. Reid was an amateur compared to Kennedy, a Mario Mendoza compared to a Willie Mays of debauchery and corruption.
And we celebrate him. We shovel $43 million into a mausoleum for the runt of a very randy litter. Not since ancient Rome have so many monuments been erected for so many reprobates. Some of those Romans declared themselves gods. For that, the Kennedy clan relies on the Boston Globe.