The junior senator from Massachusetts, John Forbes Kerry, was born on Dec. 11, 1943. Kerry’s father was a career foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department. His maternal ancestors include the Forbes family, which started the Boston-China trade and which still owns estates around the world frequented by Kerry, and the Winthrops, who produced the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Kerry spent much of his childhood abroad, attending boarding school in Switzerland and New Hampshire before entering Yale University. Young John Kerry dated Jacqueline Kennedy’s half-sister and once sailed Narragansett Bay with JFK at the helm. I mean, every kid sails with the President, don’t they?
At Yale, Kerry was a top debater, president of the political union, and, like both President Bushes, a member of the Skull & Bones secret society. Preparing for his life in politics, he spent 4 months in Vietnam collecting video footage for his future nomination speech backdrop and enough medals to get the hell out in about as much time as it takes for a gradeschooler to enjoy summer vacation.
In May 1970, he enjoyed a glittering wedding at the 200-acre Thorne family estate on Long Island. His wife’s cream-colored dress had been worn by her ancestor, Catherine Peartree-Smith, who married Elias Boudinot IV, who served as president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. “Alexander Hamilton was best man at that wedding and among those present was George Washington.”
His next marriage was to a billionairess…
…but every kid grows up to marry one of the richest women in the country.
But c’mon, growing up attending private schools in Switzerland, rubbing elbows with the President, cruising on boats with more square footage than most Americans’ homes, marrying wealthy woman after wealthy woman and enjoying a net worth over a billion dollars when you begin your campaign for President after spending 20 years hobknobbing in Washington with political powerbrokers doesn’t necessarily make you an elitist, does it?
Talk about your Fortunate Son. Give me a break. Those who live in glass mansions shouldn’t throw 24 karat precious stones.