Caption: L-R, Lee Cowan, Mark Shriver, Maria Shriver and Bobby Shriver
Sargent Shriver created the Peace Corps, launched the “War on Poverty” for President Johnson and served as the Ambassador to France. However, his children think his impact on society was underestimated.
CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Lee Cowan talks to three of Shriver’s five children, Maria, Mark and Bobby, about their late father’s contributions to society. Sargent Shriver is the subject of a new book, A Good Man, written by Mark.
“I think people made fun of Daddy. They called him a Boy Scout,” Maria Shriver tells Cowan. “He wasn’t taken seriously. I think Daddy was… underestimated by many, many people.” She adds that while she didn’t know if her father was bothered by the characterization, she is. “It ticks me off,” she says, “but I think he was a serious, serious human being.”
The close knit family grew up part Shriver and part Kennedy. Sargent Shriver married Eunice Kennedy – President John F. Kennedy’s sister – in 1953.
Mark Shriver tells Cowan that his father, a devout Catholic, was driven by his faith. “You know, he wanted to be with you because he really felt like you were a gift from God,” Mark explains. “And it didn't matter whether you were a big shot or just a regular person. And that's a special gift to give me – and hopefully I'll pass it along to our kids.”
The interview will air June 17 on CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
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