Ted Kennedy on Chappaquiddick: ‘Made Terrible Decisions’
September 3, 2009
(ChattahBox)— Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s posthumous memoir will be published on Sept. 14, but The New York Times received an advance copy and says, that Kennedy expressed deep regret and life-long guilt over his “inexcusable” actions on Chappaquiddick. Additional insights revealed, include Kennedy’s reasons for his 1980 presidential bid and his battles with alcohol.
The memoir entitled, “True Compass,” is 532 pages of Kennedy’s life of regrets, demons, amazing legislative accomplishments and finally happiness with his wife Vicki Reggie Kennedy. As Kennedy neared death from terminal brain cancer, “True Compass” was written with the help of a collaborator, based on Kennedy’s extensive diaries and previous recordings made for an oral history project.
Kennedy called his actions on Chappaquiddick, which resulted in the death of a young campaign worker, Mary Jo Kopechne, “inexcusable.” He said his actions were based on fear ” and he made terrible decisions” resulting in feelings of crushing guilt for the remainder of his life, until his death last week at age 77.
Kennedy also writes that he accepted that Lee Harvey Oswald was indeed responsible for his brother John Kennedy’s death and says, he ran for president partly based on his dissatisfaction with Jimmy Carter’s failure to reform health care.
The Massachusetts Senator also spoke of his bouts of “self-destructive drinking” throughout this life, especially after the death of his brother Robert.
The book publisher, Twelve, a division of the Hachette book group slammed the New York Times for releasing details of Kennedy’s memoir in piecemeal fashion saying in a press release, “…we will publish the book in the manner he wished so that readers can bear witness to his life as he lived it from start to finish.”