World affairs to Bobby, were less a global chess game than a latticework of bonds between humans, much as they had been for Ben Franklin two centuries before.
-Larry Tye, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
Not sure I'm buying what Tye is selling here. Bonds between humans can get difficult at the most inopportune times. For instance, Franklin's experience in front of the Privy Council in 1774. Just for fun, here is a quote attributed to Franklin: