The Kennedy family has long been plagued by tragedy and scandal. Despite this, the Kennedy's have long been thought of as America's Royal Family. They have also brought positive change to the world, in often-difficult times. The many misdeeds and tragedies of this family, has only enhanced the world's affection towards them. The Kennedy's prospered in America, and President Kennedy's father Joseph, better known as Joe senior (Sr.), became the patriarch of the family and outlived five of his own children. He suffered a stroke and was unable to speak for the last eight years of his life. The Kennedy's have dominated American history over recent generations. But before coming to the land of hope and glory, their ancestors battled poverty and faced many hardships.