(NEW YORK) -- Theodore Sorensen, a former aide to John F. Kennedy who collaborated with the president on some of his most famous speeches, has died. He was 82.
Best known for his work on Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address, which included lines, “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” Sorensen called his 11 years with Kennedy "the cornerstone of my professional life.”
In his 2008 biography, Sorensen said “the cornerstone of our relationship was mutual trust. JFK brought me into his inner circle, confiding in me secrets that - had I discussed them with others - might have done serious harm to his political career, his public image, or perhaps his marriage."
President Obama issued a statement, saying Sorensen lived “an extraordinary life that made our country – and our world – more equal, more just, and more secure.”
Jon Favreau, President Obama's chief speechwriter, called Sorensen “the best speechwriter who ever lived.”
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