Photograph of President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office on July 11, 1963 by Cecil Stoughton. Maintained by the U.S. National Archives. Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
This is a dangerous and
It was a cool, drizzly morning in Ft. Worth, Texas. President and Mrs. Kennedy, who had spent the night in that town, planned to leave for nearby Dallas following breakfast. The Kennedys would travel the short distance to Love Field aboard Air Force One.
Greeting a crowd of 12,000 people in front of the Texas Hotel (now the Hilton Fort Worth) that morning, JFK commented on various matters - including the absence of his wife. Mrs. Kennedy, he noted, wasn’t quite ready. But, as he reminded everyone, "She always looks so much better than the rest of us."
Some of the President’s words were eerily prophetic. In just a few hours, people everywhere would be utterly shocked by just how "dangerous and uncertain" the world had become.
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