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Fri Nov 22, 2013, 02:46 PM

"We will never be young again" Thank you John F. Kennedy!

As Mary McGrory waited at Andrew's Airbase with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the coffin holding John F. Kennedy, descended from Air force One and she turned to him and said "O we will never laugh again" and Moynihan replied "Heaven's Mary, we'll laugh again. We'll just never be young again" and how profound that statement was.

And yet in the moment of those shots, in some ways the youth of the soul of America was killed. The promise and the hope of what Kennedy was trying to ignite stirred the hearts of many. His exhortation to "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country" was a touchstone of many who entered public service. He exalted the nobleness of serving others. His actual legislative accomplishments may have been few in the 1,036 days of his presidency, yet his mark on the tone and tenor of the nation was enormous.

For me personally, it was profound, I had gotten up early in the morning as a small child and saw him in that most famous speech in Berlin and a month later we had moved temporarily to Tacoma, Washington and in September I saw him again at Cheney Stadium. So to me he was real and it was the first REAL person I knew who had died in my life.

And then it was gone, in a few years that nobility of service would be replaced with cynicism and doubt. It was the explosion of the crime surge, it was a time when the right silently worked to take over the nation.

Sadly 17 years later Ronald Reagan completely reversed the tone Kennedy had set. While he didn't have the guts to directly say it, his subtle under text was that "I've got mine, so too bad for you" and that is when this country really went into decline.

So for establishing the Peace Corps, promoting literacy and the arts, for setting in motion the landing on the moon and for yes in the words of that song: "For one brief shining moment...." Thank you John F. Kennedy

We are better nation for it and for your time spent on this earth!

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Jefferson23 Nov 2013 #1
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Dawson Leery Nov 2013 #2
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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2013, 02:53 PM

1. In Memoriam:

1961: Man of the Year
"Jack Kennedy Man of the Year for 1961 had passionately sought the presidency. The closeness of his victory did not disturb him; he took over the office with a youth-can-do-anything sort of self-confidence. He learned better; but learn he did. And in so doing he not only made 1961 the most endlessly interesting and exciting presidential year within recent memory; he also made the process of his growing up to be President a saving factor for the U.S. in the cold war."
From: A Way with the People, Jan. 05, 1962

Read more: JFK: TIME's Best Cover Stories - Photo Essays - TIME http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1860970,00.html#ixzz2lOzDE0Dr


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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 22, 2013, 05:25 PM

4. thanks

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 22, 2013, 05:29 PM

6. You're welcome..it is always difficult every year at this time, to remember.

He was a young father, first...that always gets to me the most.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2013, 03:21 PM

2. Thank you for writing this.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 22, 2013, 04:37 PM

3. you are welcome

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i was so young when this happened yet it left such a profound memory on me

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Fri Nov 22, 2013, 05:28 PM

5. K&R

 

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