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33,817. President Kennedy – and I haven’t been as impressed with him as most people were. Christopher Hitchens: In Confidence
127,014. One of the most charming men I’ve ever known, one of the most intelligent, and one of the most disastrous presidents I think we’ve ever had. (Biography & JFK) Gore Vidal, cited Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, 2013
107,963. [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, BBC
33,818. 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.
34,242. In his three years of president Kennedy has become a global superstar. The Day Kennedy Died, ITV 2013
33,819. 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
33,820. 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
33,821. 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
33,822. I shouted out, ‘Who killed the Kennedys?’
When after all it was you and me. The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil
62,232. Bay of Pigs: ‘It was a calamity: Kennedy had been totally misinformed by American Intelligence.’ (1960s & Kennedy & Cuba) The Sixties: The World on the Brink, CNN Marvin Kalb, CBS Moscow correspondent
62,234. Early on Kennedy made a command decision: We will not allow South Vietnam to fall to the communists. (1960s & Vietnam & Kennedy) The Sixties: The War in Vietnam, news report
62,235. ‘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.’ (1960s & Vietnam & Kennedy) ibid. Kennedy
29,282. The 1960 presidential election was fought primarily on the issue of communism. (United States & Kennedy) Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States VI: JFK: To the Brink
29,283. His administration was nicknamed Camelot. (United States & Kennedy) ibid.
29,284. Operation Mongoose: a terror campaign overseen by his brother Robert. (United States & Kennedy & Cuba & Operation & Terror) ibid.
29,285. US personnel in Vietnam jumped from 800 when Kennedy took office to over 16,000 advisors in 1963. (United States & Kennedy & Vietnam) ibid.
29,286. Under Kennedy’s three-year watch the CIA launched 163 major covert operations worldwide. (United States & Kennedy & CIA & Terrorism) ibid.
29,757. His 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. (Nixon & Kennedy) David Reynolds, Nixon in the Den
29,774. The first debate was costly to Nixon. (Nixon & Kennedy) The American Experience: The Presidents: Nixon I: The Quest, PBS
29,775. Kennedy won by only 100,000 votes, and charges of Democratic fraud were widespread. (Nixon & Kennedy) ibid.
130,762. 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. (US Presidents & War & World War II & Kennedy & Bush & Reagan & Nixon) Presidents at War: A Call to Valor I, History 2019
130,764. JFK’s older brother Joe junior had received his wings as a naval aviator. (US Presidents & War & World War II & Kennedy) ibid.
130,768. JFK: He was commanding a PT boat in the Solomon Islands where the battle had been going on for over a years. (US Presidents & War & World War II & Kennedy) ibid.
130,856. JFK: He received a Purple Heart and a Navine Marine Corps for gallantry in action. He was the only president to receive them. (US Presidents & War & World War II & Kennedy) ibid.
130,851. 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. (US Presidents & War & World War II & Kennedy & Bush & Reagan & Nixon) Presidents at War II: Their Finest Hours
33,823. 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
33,824. 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, BBC 2012, 1960 Primary black and white film commentary
33,825. 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
33,884. The media loved Kennedy. They would follow him around the country in this entourage ... The media were very much fellow travellers. Lewis Lapham
33,885. 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
33,826. 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
33,827. Behind the conviction and the charisma JFK was a man of contradictions. JFK: 7 Days that Made a President, National Geographic 2013
34,070. 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
34,237. The people I think who had most to gain as they saw it were the military-industrial-intelligence complex. Harold Weisberg, Senate investigator