The Early Years: Discovering His
Public Voice, 1945-1952
In 1946, during his first congressional race, Kennedy attended a rally along with other candidates running for the state legislature. The chairman introduced one speaker after another and ended each introduction with the statement that here was a "young fellow who came up the hard way."
Finally, Kennedy's turn came. He was the last to be called He stood up, and looked at the crowd and said with a smile: "I seem to be the only person here tonight who didn't come up the hard way."
The crowd roared its approval.
O'Donnell and Powers, Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye