Skip to content

48 years ago today

November 22, 2011

Today is the 48th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy. No New Englander of a certain age can forget where he or she was when the news of Kennedy’s shooting in Dallas came. Who can forget the iconic images of that day: Walter Cronkite wiping the tear from his eye as he announced the death to a stunned nation.  The scene at Parkland Hospital and the First Lady in signature pillbox and blood-spattered suit at Love Field.  The swearing in of Vice-president Lyndon Johnson.

It was Rhode Island Sen. Claiborne Pell’s birthday. Because Kennedy was a close friend, Pell declined to celebrate on this day for more than 40 years.

The leaders of the New Frontier are mostly gone now: O’Donnell, Powers, O’Brien, Sorensen, McNamara, Schlesinger, Salinger, Rusk. Even Kennedy nemesis Richard Nixon.

And the only son of financer Joseph P. Kennedy to live to have a full head of grey hair, Edward M. Kennedy, is no longer with us. RIP JFK.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. peter mac permalink
    November 23, 2011 7:07 pm

    a nice tribute thx

  2. tim1999 permalink
    November 24, 2011 12:40 pm

    Interesting thing about Jack Kennedy is that if you took his politics and placed it in 2011 he would be considered a moderate Republican.
    Love the irony.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: