When Dynasties Call A Truce

America's two modern political clans, the Bush and Kennedy dynasties, have always eyed each other with a mixture of jealousy and awe. On the surface, they are as similar in some ways as Hyannis and Kennebunkport. But privately, and sometimes not so privately, the Bushes have been repelled by Kennedy excesses. Snarky references to Ted Kennedy are sprinkled through the autobiographies of Barbara and George Bush. During his four years in the White House, Bush Sr. had no bigger nemesis than the Massachusetts Senator.

But a cease-fire may be at hand. George W. will sign an Executive Order this week naming...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!