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Robert F. Kennedy Speaks at Manhattan College

June 12, 1962 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy called on the American people today to face the “unusual and heavy burdens” of the present with sound judgment rather than emotion. Speaking at the 111th commencement exercises of Manhattan College, Mr. Kennedy said that in the last analysis the choice before the people was “to make either educated judgments or decisions based on emotion and slogan.” “The first course,” he asserted, “is complicated and sometimes frustrating, but the second is far more dangerous and far more deceiving.” Mr. Kennedy was one of six recipients of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. He noted that only in the last two years had he received such honors, and he added: “To those of you who have or have not received such degrees, I suggest that you get your brother elected President, and there is no telling where you may go.”


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