Recently, Charlie Rose spoke with Ted Sorenson, President Kennedy's Special Counsel and Adviser, and legendary speechwriter and "alter-ego."
In this conversation, Sorenson discusses the unique attributes of President Kennedy and sets out a course for the next president. Towards the end, he comments on similarities he sees between JFK and Senator Barack Obama.
Reacting to Bill Clinton's recent comment that Obama lacks sufficient experience to run for president, Sorenson replied that Cheney and Rumsfeld both had considerable experience prior to assuming their present positions. Yet, the country has not been well-served by that experience.
Kennedy's distinguishing mark, Sorenson explains, was located not in his experience but in the quality of his judgment. Obama exhibits a similar quality of judgment, he stressed.