October 31st, 2010
05:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Theodore Sorensen, JFK's speechwriter, has died

(CNN) - Theodore C. Sorensen, a close adviser and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, has died, the White House said Sunday.

Though he wore a number of hats in his relationship with Kennedy and later in life, he is best known as the wordsmith who helped put Kennedy's ideas to paper in what remain some of the most recognizable speeches in American political history.


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  1. Margie Dalton

    I loved Camelot sorry to read this. My sincere sympathy to loved. If only JFK's dream came true.

    October 31, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. the real ib

    He was really great at speech writing; sorry to hear of his passing.

    October 31, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. La Piovra

    Camelot was hardly a time of perfection, yet it was one when intelligence and cultivation were valued, education and engagement were promoted, and doors were opening. Looking back from this later day, this darker time, I think of how the promise has been squandered since. If the spark cannot be rekindled, our best days are behind us. God rest Mr. Sorenson.

    October 31, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    May he rest in peace and my prayers go out to his family in this time of need!!!

    October 31, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    The passing of this wonderful man and writer reminds us of a time of glory for the Democratic Party.
    One is saddened not only by losing Mr. Sorensen, but also by the lessened power and integrity of a political party that provided America with leaders like JFK, Harry Truman, and FDR.

    October 31, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |