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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.