MY LIFE THROUGH MY T-SHIRT COLLECTION– PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY- BORN ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY

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JFK born one hundred years ago today. He was elected president a couple weeks before I was born so I have no real memory of the man while he was alive. I do remember a little of when he was assassinated but only a few memories of that- I knew something bad had happened but did I understand it? Not fully at age three.

I got this t-shirt while in Dallas at a store near the Dealey Plaza. I know a lot of folks view him as a great president but I think he has to be given a mostly ‘incomplete’ grade- had he lived he most likely would have won re-election in 1964. Had he served eight full years instead of under three we’d have a better take on him as POTUS. He was only 46 when assassinated, he will be forever young.

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7 responses to “MY LIFE THROUGH MY T-SHIRT COLLECTION– PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY- BORN ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY

    • I was doing a series this winter on the presidents and ranking them- I got into the 20’s and got side tracked- I need to get back with it. I’d rank the most significant presidents as Washington- Lincoln and FDR- now a lot of folks disagree with the New Deal and some of FDR’s policies but he got a lot of what he wanted. It is interesting how TIME is needed to evaluate a president. I like the old Zho En Lai quote when asked about the results of the French Revolution- replied “It’s too soon to tell.”- now whether he really said that is up for debate but..

    • It will be interesting to see how time evaluates Obama’s legacy. I can’t argue with FDR. Britain (I’m from England) holds a huge debt of gratitude to him and his “lend lease” program during WW II.

  1. I consider the election and Presidency of JFK the beginning of my political awareness. These events happened when I was just a young grade schooler. When the topic of Jack Kennedy comes up, I sometimes say he was my first President.

  2. I look at LBJ as my first president. I was 3-7 when he was POTUS and have memories of that time. I don’t know about you but some of the things that fascinate me the most are things that I was maybe barely aware of from my early days- I read all I can on LBJ, The Beatles and I was also a big fan of the moon landings- those things continue to have my attention.

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