The two also have much in common personally. Both are sons of political families in which, for a time, each seemed the least likely to succeed.The Bush and Kennedy duo serve as a microcosm of the contemporary state of the US.
Both were mediocre students at Ivy League universities: Bush jokes frequently about his academic performance at Yale; Kennedy was expelled from Harvard, though later readmitted. Both struggled with personal demons: Bush gave up alcohol at 40; Kennedy was involved in an automobile accident at 37 that resulted in the drowning of a female passenger.
Both are lightning rods. Former senator Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican who knows both, said they handle the withering and personal criticism in similar fashion: "They're both sensitive people. They both bruise easily and heal quick."
They've been given access to 'great' academic institutions, but constrained by modest intelligence, have failed in the halls of University, living now off the greatness their forefathers achieved. Rolling comfortably in the affluence that their ancestors toiled for isn't sufficient--they must also ensure that the prosperity enjoyed by others is transfered to other idle souls like their own. Never meaningfully censured for the sins of their pasts, they continue to perpetuate evils on a grander scale.
In the person of these two titular titans lies the frivolty of shallow egos, easily taking umbrage and just as easily forgetting why it was taken in the first place.