What if JFK Had Lived?

What if JFK Had Lived? November 21, 2013

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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4 responses to “What if JFK Had Lived?”

  1. Personally, I’m not sure he would be remembered as such a great president had he lived to complete his first term. Would he have been re-elected? Who knows? You ask very good questions, the answers, of course we will never know. Secrets were kept back then by the folks (Secret Service men knew a lot!), Some of what has been revealed since his death is amazing—his life long poor health, the amount of pain killers he was on, the affairs, etc. It seemed that Jackie had a hard time carrying children, so my total guess is that she (they) might not have had any more children. I was in college when he was killed, but I was not overly upset about it like many people were—yes, not happy that our president had been killed but I had no emotional attachment to him as some did. I was more upset years later when Princess Diana died in the car wreak—I cried when she did. Strange what one gets up set about.

  2. 1. No. We might have actually won it.
    2. No. The press gave a pass to that stuff then.
    3. No.
    4. No idea.
    5. Probably not.
    6. No, absolutely not.
    7. Perhaps yes, though hard to say.
    8. Probably not.
    9. No.
    10. Yes, assuming civil rights would have eventually become law. JFK would probably have stymied all the hippies of the sixties and sevenies and liberalism would not have been such a cultural force.

  3. Public radio stations recently aired a segment about the women who worked in the White House during the Kennedy administration. About 2/3 of the White House staff was female. Although none held a high level position, it was considered remarkable for a time when women rarely had careers. And despite the modest titles and job descriptions, they handled a fair amount of responsibilities.

    Anyways, one of the staffers, Nancy Hogan Dutton, mentioned that rumors about Kennedy’s affairs were commonplace back then:
    “I remember asking a wise old Democrat, ‘There are all these rumors, why
    isn’t it in the press?’ And he said, ‘There are more votes in virility than there is in fidelity”


    From that remark, I gather that Kennedy’s political opponents felt that news about his affairs would help the president more than it would hurt him.

  4. I remember when I heard the news about her death, too. It was such a shock, and a shock to see how much it affected everyone I knew.