JFK: Life in the White House

This video is not a speech, but it gives a good idea of how President Kennedy was presented to the world back then, through the eyes of a more current journalist.

I have always found it difficult to comprehend the gulf between the fairy-tale photos of President Kennedy’s family life and the sordid tales of his personal sexual behavior.

I think the overall effect of learning that their beloved president had lied to them in such a fundamental way contributed to the cynicism about government that has grown in this country since his death.

Was everything what we thought we knew about him as a person a lie?

Who was this man?

(If you click on the link, it will give you a second link. Click on that, and it will take you to the video.)

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JFK: Civil Rights Address

My mother’s comment after this speech was “the president taught the nation a Sunday school lesson.”

The question which I wonder about all these years later is whether or not President Kennedy would have been able to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act if he had lived. President Johnson used the grief of Kennedy’s assassination to help pass the bill. Also, President Johnson’s many years in the Senate leadership gave him enormous legislative skills and power that came into play in the passage of this law.

Opinions?

(It is a phenomenal speech, btw. Just ask any black person who lived under segregation. This speech was a white man, speaking to their hearts.)

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What if JFK Had Lived?

 

What if President John Fitzgerald Kennedy had not been assassinated?

1. Would he have gotten us out of Viet Nam?

2. Would his philandering have been exposed while he was in office?

3. Would Jackie have divorced him?

4. Would he and Jackie have had more children?

5. Would his bad health have killed him while he was in office, anyway?

6. Would he and Bobby have broken the Mafia in America?

7. Would Richard Nixon ever have been president?

8. Would there have been other, perhaps successful, assassination attempts against his life?

9. Would the 1964 Civil Rights Act have become law?

10. Would this country be a better place?


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