POLITICS AUGUST 28, 1989
Oh, no! Wuer Kaixi, the student hero of Tiananmen Square, who escaped to America, spent the first weekend in August sailing with the Kennedys in Hyannis Port. Next, Vegas with Sinatra? Wuer understands and courageously opposed the corruptions of his country’s system. But who will protect him from the more subtle corruptions of our country’s system? In China he used celebrity (with that natural p.r. sense inherent in all great leaders, martyrs, and saints). In America celebrity will use him if he’s not careful. In China the Kennedys are probably up there with Miss Liberty herself as icons of freedom and democracy. In America, by now, the resonance is somewhat different. Someone please wise this kid up, before it’s too late.