Buttoned Up: Stop climbing mountains, Bob Kennedy

Editor's note: To get you in the mood for ballot-casting, The Latest Word is kicking off each weekday between now and the November 4 election with Buttoned Up, a look at political buttons from my family's extensive collection...

Here's another mystery button, this one related to Robert F. Kennedy. Is the "Stop climbing mountains" phrase meant literally? Figuratively? Or a combination thereof? And what about the reference to 1972? Kennedy, after all, was assassinated in 1968. So was this button meant to goad him into running for the presidency during a period when it was assumed that Lyndon Johnson would make a bid for re-election in '68 -- which he didn't do as a result of widespread dissatisfaction over the Vietnam war? Dunno. Do you? -- Michael Roberts


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