CBS News: RFK Assassination (1968)

Robert F_ Kennedy_ CBS News - Live Coverage of His Assassination - June 5, 1968

Source:CBS News– anchor Walter Cronkite telling it the way it is.

Source:The Daily Journal

“CBS News Live Coverage of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, as it happened.”

From Joseph Hewes

“Raw footage shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after midnight (Pacific time) on June 5, 1968 – the night that Robert F. Kennedy was shot.

The shooting happens (off-camera) a few seconds after 19:40. At that moment, you can hear loud screams and see the ballroom erupt in chaos.”

CBS News - RFK assassination - 1968-06-05 - 1

Source:CBS News– U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Democrat, New York) after just winning the 1968 California Democratic primary for President.

From CBS News

“Robert F. Kennedy, in full Robert Francis Kennedy, (born November 20, 1925, Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.—died June 6, 1968, Los Angeles, California), U.S. attorney general and adviser during the administration of his brother Pres. John F. Kennedy (1961–63) and later a U.S. senator (1965–68). He was assassinated while campaigning for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1968.”

Robert F_ Kennedy _ Biography, Facts, & Assassination

Source:Britannica– believe when he was still U.S. Attorney General in 1964.

From Britannica

This photo is from a video of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Democrat, New York) after he just won the California Democratic primary for President in 1968. But the video from which is photo is from is not currently available online right now.

RFK

Source:CBS News– covering U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy after he just won the California Democratic primary for President in 1968.

I don’t want to sound like I’m making light of this tragic event here, because I’m not, but I believe the RFK Assassination represents what life is like when the climb the hill and then slip and fall all the way back down to the valley, immediately after reaching the mountaintop.

California alone wasn’t going to give Senator Kennedy the Democratic nomination. It really just kept his campaign going and kept him in the race as a strong contender for the nomination. But it also sent a signal to the media and to Democrats that RFK was a real force and could not only win the Democratic nomination, but perhaps give him the momentum that he needs to now win the nomination.

So Bobby Kennedy goes from the highest point of his own political career, to losing his life to at the time an unknown assassin in Sirhan Sirhan and for unknown reasons. We still don’t know 45 years later why Sirhan assassinated Kennedy. We just know that he did.

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