Jack and Jackie Kennedy were loving parents who adored their children. Mrs. Kennedy did not like leaving Caroline and John behind, especially overnight. But the Texas trip was important and had been planned for several months. The political benefits were expected to outweigh the drawbacks of a short separation.
America's national archives contain a wealth of photographs and videos depicting the First Family. Some of the pictures are famous; others have rarely been seen by the public. Most depict happier times.
Most Americans were proud of their President and his glamorous wife. Starting with his inauguration, and the still-famous words of his Inaugural Address (this link takes you to a handwritten working draft while this is historical film footage of inaugural day), the country had grown to love its young President.
Forty-six on the day he went to Dallas, Kennedy was the youngest-elected U.S. Chief Executive. He would soon be the youngest to die.