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Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s voice

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by hungryhungryhippo, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. He's on Colbert now (f-ing hilarious, btw) and I've heard him on the local Air America radio. Even if I don't agree with all he says, the man is smart but has one of the worst voices on earth. If nothing else, it makes him sound nervous all the time.
  2. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Does he er uh, sow-und anything-uh like-uh his fawtha or uncle-uh?
  3. Jeff Gluck

    Jeff Gluck Member

    He always sounds like that. It's pretty terrible. Sort of like he yelled too much the night before.
  4. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    RFK didn't have a particulary great voice, either. Very nasal, Boston accent.

    But in those days I think we listened to what he was saying, and not how he sounded when he said it.

    I'm no great fan of the Kennedys. Amid the tragedies, they've also squandered some tremendous opportunities. But I often believe this country would have been much better off, in the short and the long run, had RFK not been killed because he would have won the nomination and beaten Nixon in 1968.

    I remember vividly waking up that morning learning he'd been shot, and the overwhelming sadness of the funeral train from NYC to Arlington.
  5. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Bobby suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, which is characterized by involuntary spasms of the vocal cords. This affects a person's ability to speak as well as the quality of their voice, making it sound strained or strangled. That's what you're hearing.

    All that aside, I'd like to see him enter politics. Not that he'd have to have a lot on the ball to be more qualified for politics than many others in his family who have run for and won office, but he is a highly intelligent man with a relatively clean background (since he kicked drugs, anyway), a passion for environmental issues and a reputation for getting things done.
  6. djc3317

    djc3317 Guest

    if my name's robert kennedy jr., the last thing in the world I want to do is run for office.
  7. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    He has considered it in the past. He did contemplate a run for attorney general in New York, where his main opponent for the Democratic nomination would have been his ex-brother-in-law, Andrew Cuomo.
  8. OK, now I feel like a prick.
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    And so you should.


    Just kidding. It's probably not well known that he has this disorder. I learned of it a year or two ago when he paid an environment-related visit to the area where I live and gave a speech.
  10. Baloo

    Baloo Member

    Thanks for this thread, hhh - I wondered the same thing when I saw him on CR last night - I wondered if something was medically wrong, because he doesn't sound like a typical kennedy - or mayor quimby.
    What a hilarious interview, though - I loved the end where Colbert called him on wanting to leave a paper trail - "and I thought you were an environmentalist - I nailed you."
  11. 85bears

    85bears Member

    Random thought - does Bruce Weber have the same condition?
  12. Thanks, Double.
    I thought the poor bastard had emphysema or something.
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