There was a time when politicians were honest men, simply trying to make this great, great country proud. Robert F. Kennedy was a man from such a time, and being the noble senator that he was, he took a bullet right through the head for this country. Even though his assassination was global news though, his famous “last words” have just been revealed by the busboy who held him as he passed away.
It was a day that many can still remember, as clear as ever. Most people were sitting at home, or busying themselves at work when the news declared: “BREAKING! Robert F. Kennedy Is Dead!” As grief and shock spread through the nation, many found solace in the fact that he’d given his life for this country…and that his sacrifice would not be in vain.
Just today however, nearly 50 years after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the busboy who held him as he drew his last breath, revealed the heartbreaking words that he spoke before he died. Rather than selfishly asking for help, or demanding that his assassin be killed at once, his words were of concern for others.
Fox News reports:
Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the busboy who held the dying senator detailed his last words in a Friday report.
Juan Romero, who was 17 at the time of the 1968 slaying in Los Angeles, was working on that early June night when the presidential hopeful made remarks at the Ambassador Hotel, he recalled in an interview with StoryCorps, according to NPR.
After Kennedy spoke to supporters, following his victory in that day’s California Democratic presidential primary, he was reportedly ushered through the hotel’s kitchen, where he paused to greet employees, including Romero.
“I remember extending my hand as far as I could, and then I remember him shaking my hand,” Romero reportedly said during the interview. “And as he let go, somebody shot him.”
“Is everybody OK?” he asked, to which Romero said he replied, “Yes” before cushioning the senator’s head with his hands.
“I could feel a steady stream of blood coming through my fingers,” Romero reportedly said. “I remember I had a rosary in my shirt pocket and I took it out, thinking that he would need it a lot more than me. I wrapped it around his right hand and then they wheeled him away.”
The following day, Romero recalled sitting on a bus near a woman who recognized him from a photo in the newspaper, the report said. After which, he reportedly remembered “looking at my hands and there was dried blood in between my nails.”
Romero also detailed his first interaction with the New York senator, which he said took place a day before he was shot. Kennedy was reportedly making a phone call when the busboy and another employee arrived with room service.
“He put down the phone and says, ‘Come on in, boys,'” Romero said, according to the report. “You could tell when he was looking at you that he’s not looking through you — he’s taking you into account. And I remember walking out of there like I was 10 feet tall.”
That feeling reportedly stuck with Romero as the years passed. During the interview, he recalled purchasing a new suit and going to Kennedy’s burial site to offer his respects in 2010.
“When I wore the suit and I stood in front of his grave, I felt a little bit like that first day that I met him,” Romero reportedly said. “I felt important. I felt American. And I felt good.”
“Is everybody OK?” were his final words—the words he spoke before passing over to the golden gates. He was not a man filled with contempt or hatred, demanding that his assassin be put to death and tried for treason. He was not a man of pity or selfishness, declaring that others should come to his need. No—he was a man of honesty.
He couldn’t give a damn about his own life being taken away from him, because he was so concerned for the safety of his fellow Americans. This is TRUE patriotism, and it’s the kind of patriotism that we see in President Trump when he gives a speech to the “deplorables” and the forgotten Americans. These are the kind of men that we need in office, making our country great again.