November 22, 1963
by Donna Schoenkopf
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the first president I fell in love with. Romantically.
He was the youngest president ever elected and the only Catholic. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Profiles in Courage. He stopped above-ground nuclear testing which had spread Strontium 90 all over the land, even getting into the grass which cattle ate, which ended up in cow's milk that children drank. He warded off a nuclear holocaust when the Cuban Missile Crisis happened. He championed the Civil Rights movement. He started space exploration.
He was charismatic and handsome. He was a brilliant speaker who thrilled me like no other president ever had 'til then.
And he was first in a sad and much too long line of assassinations of our most noble and true and meaningful political figures.
How our heroes on the Left were devastated in the 60s! How the hatred flowed.
A moment of silence for a great man and what might have been.
R.I.P., Brother John.