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56 Years Later: President Kennedy And Yes, “What Might Have Been”

November 22, 2019

On this sad anniversary, I (feel as though) need not juxtapose then and now regarding hope and consensus, remembering John F. Kennedy.

The sad coincidences with President Lincoln and another Abraham, my grandfather, whom I never met, dead in a fire, both at age 56.

Now it is 56 years since shots rang out in Dallas, Texas, killing President Kennedy.

This eighth Friday November 22nd since, I think of what the fine journalist Dick Schaap said, regarding being informed while in Paris, France that “your” president had been killed.

Mr. Schaap remarked Mr. Kennedy was “his” President. Mr. Kennedy was also mine, though I was so young and yes naive.

Cue Mr. Whittier, as we so often must in this life, as I do below.


John Greenleaf Whittier

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.”

― John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller – Pamphlet

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