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President Kennedy – and I haven’t been as impressed with him as most people were. Christopher Hitchens: In Confidence
[Oliver Stone’s JFK]: It’s a tissue of nonsense from beginning to end … It’s pure therapy … Stone doesn’t know a good movie when he sees one … The Hamlet with a touch of Freud nonsense … Christopher Hitchens, interview The Late Show
Well like everyone else of my generation I can remember exactly where I was standing on the fateful day when John Fitzgerald Kennedy nearly killed me. Because I can remember the Cuba crisis. ibid.
In his three years of president Kennedy has become a global superstar. The Day Kennedy Died, ITV 2013
I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington. Muhammad Ali
I was just down in Dallas Texas. You know can go down there and the Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was assassinated, and you can actually go to the sixth floor of the School Book Depository – it’s a museum called the Assassination Museum ... They have the windows set up to look exactly like it did on that day; and it’s real accurate you know cause Oswald’s not in it. Painstaking accuracy. Bill Hicks, Revelations, Dominion Theatre London
The ancient work will be accomplished,
And from the roof evil ruin will fall on the great man:
They will accuse an innocent, being dead, of the deed,
The guilty one is hidden in the misty copse. Nostradamus VI-37
I shouted out, ‘Who killed the Kennedys?’
When after all it was you and me. The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil
Bay of Pigs: ‘It was a calamity: Kennedy had been totally misinformed by American Intelligence.’ The Sixties: The World on the Brink, Marvin Kalb, CNN 2014
Early on Kennedy made a command decision: We will not allow South Vietnam to fall to the communists. The Sixties: The War in Vietnam, news report
‘I uh feel that we must bear a good deal of responsibility for it. I should not have given my consent to it without a round-table conference.’ ibid. Kennedy
The 1960 presidential election was fought primarily on the issue of communism. Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States VI: JFK: To the Brink, Showtime 2012
His administration was nicknamed Camelot. ibid.
Operation Mongoose: a terror campaign overseen by his brother Robert. ibid.
US personnel in Vietnam jumped from 800 when Kennedy took office to over 16,000 advisors in 1963. ibid.
Under Kennedy’s three-year watch the CIA launched 163 major covert operations worldwide. ibid.
His [Nixon] opponent was a Daddy’s boy from Harvard, John F Kennedy whose rich womanising father was determined to install his son in the White House. Nixon’s relentless hard work on the campaign trail counted for little in the beauty contest of the first real television election. David Reynolds, Nixon in the Den, 2015
The first debate was costly to Nixon. The American Experience: The Presidents: Nixon I: The Quest, PBS 1990
Kennedy won by only 100,000 votes, and charges of Democratic fraud were widespread. ibid.
December 1941: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States head-first into World War II. Fought not just against Japan but against Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Over the course of the War sixteen million Americans would serve in active duty in the armed forces. Eight of them would become US presidents. Presidents at War I: A Call to Valor, History 2019
JFK’s older brother Joe junior had received his wings as a naval aviator. ibid.
JFK: He was commanding a PT boat in the Solomon Islands. ibid.
The US had been at war for two years. Among the sixteen million Americans who served in active duty were eight future American presidents: Nixon, Eisenhower, Ford, Bush, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Kennedy. New Presidents at War II: Their Finest Hours
JFK: He received a Purple Heart and a Navy & Marine Corps medal for gallantry in action. He was the only president to receive them. ibid.
When something terrible happens in the life of a nation there has to be a reason for it. It’s not good enough to say some nut with a rifle killed JFK. Such a monster thing that there must be a monster plot. Evan Thomas, author Robert Kennedy
1960: Senator John Kennedy, millionaire, Catholic, easterner from Massachusetts, is challenging a mid-westerner Hubert Humphrey, senator from Minnesota, in his own back yard of Wisconsin. Storyville: JFK’s Road to the White House, 1960 Primary black and white film commentary, BBC 2012
Kennedy was someone who gave the country hope. He has become a somewhat mythological figure. An iconic figure. He’s frozen in our minds at the age of forty-six. Robert Dallek, author An Unfinished Life
The media loved Kennedy. They would follow him around the country in this entourage ... The media were very much fellow travellers. Lewis Lapham
The administration had the feeling of a royal family where they were dependent upon each other, and it was the family that mattered. Lewis Lapham
The weekend President John F Kennedy visited the Sussex village of Forest Row for a political summit at the height of the Cold War. JFK: The Final Visit to Britain, BBC 2013
Behind the conviction and the charisma JFK was a man of contradictions. JFK: 7 Days That Made a President, National Geographic 2013
Kennedy’s political career was characterised by his foreign policy. And it was issues arising from his approach to the Cold War that may have inspired his alleged killer. Murders That Shocked Britain
The people I think who had most to gain as they saw it were the military-industrial-intelligence complex. Harold Weisberg, Senate investigator