Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2070, May 29th, 2012

JFK in the late 1950s. 

JFK AT 95 

Today would have been the 95th birthday of the late President John F. Kennedy. The Kennedy family has insisted that the anniversary of his birth be celevrated rather than the day he died. But for people of a certain age, that Friday, November 22nd will live on in our minds until the last one of our generation passes. When I was in college, I was mystified and also very curious about the memories of those people who were the last survivors in the time of  the great Theodore Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson. I now find my generation at that same point in time. John Kennedy’s legacy in history is a mixed bag. No doubt in the coming years as more and more of his personal foibles come to light, it might be diminished. But for now, he is remembered by a generation, frozen in time, a pop cultural icon as well as a historical figure that still sparks a memory. Whether it be May 29th (as was the Kennedy family preference) or that dark day in November 1963, we still remember. And always will….until (quoting Bill Clinton here) “the last dog dies”.


At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

JFK will be remembered along with LBJ 100 years from now. The events that occured during his short tenure at 1600 were most historical.
The civil rights conflicts, the cold war conflicts, the seeding of Vietnam and the blueprint for Medicare and expansion of the welfare state (for good or bad) all under the watch of leadership under these two men.
His time was short, too short to make an exact judgment but he showed during his Presidency an ability to grow in the job. IN effect, all Presidents have to grow into the job.
Had he lived he would most definitely been elected to another term adn perhaps Vietnam and Watts would not have occured. Or perhaps things would have turned out exactly the same.
"JFK JFK How many kids did you kill today!" may very well have been shouted by protesters in 67. For some reason, and with no evidence, my instincts only to go on, I don't think so.

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with ya on this one, Your Holiness. I would really like to believe Kennedy would have handled Vietnam better, but we will never know.

Bishop John Paul


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