This year, the gentleman delivering the Democratic Party’s rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union address bore (for most Americans) an unfamiliar face, but a very familiar surname: Joseph Kennedy III.
The Family Tree:
This Joseph Kennedy is the son of Joseph Kennedy II and Sheila Kennedy, nee Rauch. He is thus the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, who was Attorney General of the United States from 1961 to 1964.
The leadership of the Democratic Party has received a good deal of criticism of late from those who believe it needs fresh faces. The old crowd, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (70 years old) and Senator Chuck Schumer (67) needs to make room for new blood. This generation’s Joseph Kennedy is only 37.
The Thing to Know:
In his speech, Kennedy said that under Trump there is “a nagging sinking feeling that this [state of the Union] is not right, this is not who we are.”