JFK's Grandson Jack Schlossberg Jokingly Calls His Grandfather's 1962 Speech a 'Bit Boring'
The late president's grandson takes a break from his college finals to present an award at the Kennedy Library (and doesn't tie his dress shoes)
Former President John F. Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, 22, a senior at Yale, put studying for finals on the back burner May 3 to travel from New Haven to Boston via Amtrak to host the 2015 Profiles in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
Schlossberg presented this year s Profile in Courage Award to former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis, a Republican from South Carolina who in 2010 lost his reelection bid in large part due to his position on climate change, which was in opposition to his party’s stance.
Schlossberg wore a black suit, untied black dress shoes, and had doodles drawn on his right hand. He invoked his grandfather during his introduction, at one point referencing a JFK speech in order to poke fun at Yale s biggest rival, Harvard.
“Recently, as I thought about leaving Yale and entering the world as it is today, I revisited the commencement address my grandfather delivered at Yale in 1962,” he said. “It wasn t his best speech – it’s very long and a bit boring, but for a Harvard graduate, I suppose that is to be expected.”
Schlossberg also found inspiration in his grandfather’s words as he told the crowd: “Speaking to the Yale crowd, President Kennedy said ‘The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.’ This holds true with respect to climate change. Most Americans don’t believe the lie – a great majority believes that climate change is real.
“My grandfather s legacy is kept alive by Bob s courageous decision to sacrifice his political career to demand action on the issue that will shape life on earth for generations to come.”
This is the second year that Schlossberg has taken over hosting duties for his mom, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, who is in Japan serving as an ambassador for the United States. He joked that he has taken over his mother s job as “Ambassador to Columbia Point,” where the JFK Library and Museum is located.
At a reception following the ceremony, Schlossberg was gracious as many female guests asked to take pictures with him.
“He is pretty cute,” said award recipient Inglis s daughter, Andrews, a 20-year-old student at the University of Virginia.