Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Former vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver, who served as the first director of the Peace Corps in the administration of his brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy, and later fought the War on Poverty, has died. He was 95.
Shriver, who announced in 2003 that he had Alzheimer's disease, died Tuesday after being hospitalized for several days.
Shriver's biggest claim to fame was his family connections -- in 1953 he married Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy, who died in August 2009 at age 88. He was also the father of former NBC reporter Maria Shriver, who is married to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Regardless of what this poorly written homage to Bob Shriver says, he still IS Maria Schwarzenegger's father. He's just not living anymores, and while it is rude to speak ill of the dearly departed, the guy single-handedly founded the Peace Corps (all JFK did was sign the necessary papers), fought the War on Poverty which heralded in the entitlement generation, and was George frickin' McGovern's running mate for goshsake.