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Nov222010

* remembering President John F. Kennedy 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He was the youngest President voted into office and was inaugurated January 20, 1961 a few months before his 44th birthday. 

President Kennedy's idealism and youthful spirit rallied the country together during a very tumultous political and international landscape; the cold war, threats of nuclear war, and raising racial tensions.

To demonstrate this point, a famous quote from his Inaugural Address "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man". These words have resonated throughout history and continue to inspire today's society. I think our world would be a better place if more people took the time to look into history for lessons and inspiration.

The day that will never be forgotten

November 22, 1963 President Kennedy, First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Texas Govenor John Connally, and his wife were driving through downtown Dallas waving to the large enthusiastic crowds when shots were fired and President Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later. I find it fascinating that Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States within 2 hours of the President's assassination. Things moved pretty quick! It must have been very difficult for President Johnson to handle the transition, the American people LOVED President Kennedy and the country was deep in mourning.

How our country has changed, can you imagine the President, First Lady, a Governor, and his wife driving through a publicized event in a CONVERTIBLE!? But when you consider President Kennedy's message and personality, this demonstrates his confidence and dedication to the American people despite the mounting civil unrest.

There are many different conspiricy theories that surround his assassination. I wonder what may have been different if they had the technology and equipment we have today for capturing evidence and images. And in 1963 there were only a handful of ways to get your news, what would the different stories be with our 2010 neverending access to "news" online where anyone can be a source?

Check out John McAdams JFK site The Kennedy Assassination and his Best of Kennedy Assassination Web Sites for more information and interesting theories!

View The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection from the National Archives. The Collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts (approximately 2,000 cubic feet of records). Most of the records are open for research.

And related breaking news, Leonardo DiCaprio is said to be producing and staring in the movie "Legacy of Secrecy", based on the book by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann. It's supposed to be the "real story" of President JFK's assassination, but you have plenty of time to come up with your own theories, sources say the movie is slated to be released in 2013 for the 50th anniversary of his untimely death.

 

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