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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 05:50 PM
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7. That is a more interesting article
I agree with you. He was lucky that Kerry even gave him any time at all. He likely was busier than anyone else and likely was less interested in reliving high school than many of the others. Judging from the description of Douglas, I think it highly unlikely that he and Kerry even had any relationship much less friendship in the 1960s. There is nothing wrong in Kerry sounding like the boy he remembered. As to it being impersonal, in contrast to some other meetings with classmates, it is likely that the others were his old buddies and Kerry wasn't. Kerry was added because he was the biggest name and was needed for the book.

I wonder what would have happened had Douglas commented about his reaction to Kerry's testimony. The funny thing about his comment here is that his refection was not on the meanings of Kerry's words or Vietnam, but that it made him see his own smallness. Douglas was then still in the high school mode, realizing that Kerry was more significant than he was - an amazingly self-centered comment. He likely didn't tell Kerry as that would be conceding that he had been impressed. I would bet he likely ignored that even after losing, Kerry was still among the most important people in the country -- and he wasn't.

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