It’s almost 50 years to the day since President John F. Kennedy was killed… assassinated.. apparently by a lone nutcase.. Lee Harvey Oswald. Those of us that were around back then, surely remember exactly what they were doing that day when they heard it.. much the same way that most of us who were around when the twin towers were hit remember the moment they realized what happened.
Yeah, I said REALIZED what had happened, because no one really realized the enormity of what happened with the twin towers being hit, until the 2nd plane hit. Until that point - it was about 17 or 18 minutes between hits, there was a lot of confusion. Most of us had no idea of the damage, let alone the fact that it was a terrorist hit - until the 2nd plane came into the equation.
Which is not to equate the 2 incidents, but maybe give us some understanding of how people must have felt back then.
The President - really the first President that the masses really felt they knew, he was the first TV President, blessed with good looks and charisma he was a natural leader for a nation whose lives centered around the television set in their homes. Imagine the President on live TV, being gunned own for all to see, in all it’s gory detail. We know nothing of what happened, just rumours really. The nation finds out he’s dead shortly after. They capture his killer, a man who had the skills of a professional assassin, yet gets caught like a demented 12 year old hiding in a theatre. The killer gets brought in, rumours abound. Surrounded by a dozen law enforcement agents - the man who killed the most powerful man in the world - he gets killed by the local owner of a strip bar, who somehow was able to do this in a room full of law enforcement officers surrounding the most sought after killer in the world, in history. He pulls out a gun and kills him right there.
And stories come out about who was who, what hapened, what didn’t happen, lies, truths, rumours, un-truths.
Lone nut assassin? JFK as good a man, a President as we’ve been led to believe? Russian spy? Whoremonger? Conspiracy?
We’ll never know.