Irish-Americans http://ripr.org en JFK Loved Rhode Island and Rhode Island loved JFK http://ripr.org/post/jfk-loved-rhode-island-and-rhode-island-loved-jfk <p>It’s been a half-century&nbsp; years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.&nbsp; RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.</p><p>Our state is America’s smallest yet&nbsp; it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.</p><p>From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.&nbsp; If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as a patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:19:58 +0000 Scott MacKay 24916 at http://ripr.org