Today, Theodore C. Sorensen died at the age of 82 in New York City. Most of you probably don’t know Sorensen by name, but you may have known his words before you could read. Sorensen was JFK’s confidant, counselor, and helped to write his speeches and to coach his presentations.
When you hear stirring words from the Kennedy years —
Ask not what your country can do for you…
A torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans…
You may think John Kennedy wrote those words, but they came from the amazing, intelligent, perceptive, poetic mind of Sorensen, at the president’s side, and dreaming his dreams.
I’ve found his work inspiring for ages, and blogged about him earlier this year.
Many of his words are as inspiring today as they were then, and you can hear the echoes in Obama’s speeches, like a new sauce made with old wine.