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  1. David Carl profile image77
    David Carlposted 3 years ago

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    John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago Nov 22 of 2013.  I remember where I was and what I was doing that day. Are our lives different today because of this event?

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Why the pic of Bush?

    2. Silverspeeder profile image60
      Silverspeederposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Its funny how Kennedy seems to me to be more popular around the world now, I was wondering if it was because he was assassinated? Is that what has made him really famous?

      1. GA Anderson profile image86
        GA Andersonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I think you may be partially right; re. the fame of assassination, but I think it is more because it seemed to snuff out a surge of hope than the death of a man. Whether that "hope" was a real possibility or just perceived desires can never be known.

        I sometimes wonder at the pride people exhibit when they say, "I remember where I was, etc...." And the fact that I do not remember where I was. (yes, I am ancient enough to have remembered) What does that mean? That the event was of such impact as to forever sear the moment in your memories?

        With his presidency cut short, what accomplishments can be cited as a cause for his fame? The Cuban missile crisis? (which I think was extremely well handled)

        My vote would be for his "Ask not..." speech. Like Reagan's "city on a hill..." Kennedy presented a vision that resonated with Americans that transcended the mechanics of politics.

        To preempt the remarks I am sure will come, No, I do not feel "Hope and change..." is even in the same ballpark as "Ask not..."

        GA

        1. Credence2 profile image83
          Credence2posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, indeed, the GA, this was one event that was seared upon the memory of every sentient American old enough to have recorded it.

          We miss the man and the era that he was such a part of, a time of endless possibilities and confidence in a future which was replaced by cynicism after his death. In the current political climate, these kinds of heroes cannot be reproduced today. 

          I liked his 1963 speech on Civil Rights making clear which side of the struggle he and his administration were going to support. He grew in the job recognizing this issue as one that defined the times and one from which he would assume the mantle of leadership.

          I also liked his goal he set challenging the country and its technical and industrial resources to place a man on the moon and bring him safely back to the earth within the decade.  He was bold when we had yet to accomplish placing a man in a sustained orbit, the Soviets were ahead while we still had rockets exploding on the pad.

          1. GA Anderson profile image86
            GA Andersonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Well, even being the cynical curmudgeon that I am, I am not so cynical as to believe another leader as Kennedy was perceived to be is beyond the possible.

            GA

      2. maxoxam41 profile image78
        maxoxam41posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It would be denying his liberal and avant-garde ideas. It would be limiting his persona. The world didn't miss any man, it missed a great man with a humane and broader vision.

        1. Kathryn L Hill profile image83
          Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          - he dropped the ball as far as Cuba, though.

          1. Zelkiiro profile image84
            Zelkiiroposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            It wasn't exactly an easy situation to diffuse, though. I'd be surprised if anyone could've done the perfect dance with that particular crisis.

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image83
              Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Cuba needed our help. Why would we not help Cuba? It was an amazing little country before Castro took over.

              1. John Holden profile image60
                John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                In what way was it an amazing little country before Castro took over?

  2. David Carl profile image77
    David Carlposted 3 years ago

    Uhhhh.......Hmmmmm.I saw that I could add a picture so I went into  my gallery and clicked on Bush...After I submitted,  I realized I should have added Obama,  as I have his picture too. I pray for both men.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Ok, but I just would have thought you might have put up a pic of JFK as that seemed to be what you wrote about...

      1. David Carl profile image77
        David Carlposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I'm working from my phone instead of my laptop. I am in Pa instead of NY. Please use your imagination.  I hope that I didn't ruin the amince for you!

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          No, I'll help. smile



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  3. David Carl profile image77
    David Carlposted 3 years ago

    Very cool!
    Thank you!

  4. Alphadogg16 profile image88
    Alphadogg16posted 3 years ago

    I has the same sentiments as Beth37 and was a little puzzled as why Bush was in the picture. As far as lives being different, I would have to just take others word on that as I wasn't around 50 years ago.

  5. John Holden profile image60
    John Holdenposted 3 years ago

    The shock and horror of his death was felt much further afield than the US.
    I was at the cinema at the time. They interrupted the film to announce his death, the news was met with an audible gasp of shock that remains with many to this day.

  6. David Carl profile image77
    David Carlposted 3 years ago

    When I was younger, and still Democrat, I remember Uncle Amiel responding to a positive comment about JFK by telling me about his womanizing.

  7. erorantes profile image35
    erorantesposted 3 years ago

    I like the picture of President Bush and the First lady . Happy Holidays to you.

  8. erorantes profile image35
    erorantesposted 3 years ago

    It is good to remember good people. And their good things.

 
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