“Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot." -Jackie Kennedy, on her husband’s presidency after his assassination. John F. Kennedy and the early 1960’s
Before he was the youngest President ever elected… Served in the Navy during WWII – PT boat captain in the Pacific His boat was destroyed and he was credited with saving one of his men Won the Purple Heart and the Navy medal for Gallantry. Brother John Jr. was killed in the war Served in H of R from 1946 – 1952 Ran in a difficult campaign for the Senate and won by a small margin. Served 1952 – 1960. Was hospitalized during the censure of McCarthy and does not vote – a decision that leads to criticism.
The Lovely Jackie Her first priorities were to be a good wife to her husband and mother to her children. One time she told a reporter that "if you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much." JFK married Jacueline Lee Bouvier in 1953 Jackie redefined what it meant to be the First Lady – She set fashion trends, brought prestige back to the White House, and promoted the arts.
Jackie’s Legacy • Wrote a newspaper column titled Candidate’s Wife • Worked to restore the White House to a period mansion • “…whoever lives in the White House must preserve its traditions, enhance it, and leave something of herself there." • Created a Fine Arts Committee for the White House • Art and historical experts • Gave a 1 hour long televised tour of the White House • The public was entitled to see the White House as it was a national monument. • Lessoned the stress of formal events • Invited non-political individuals to events (writers, musicians, artists)
And now Jack’s legacy: • The Space Race • The Berlin Wall • The Bay of Pigs • Cuban Missile Crisis • The Civil Right’s Movement • The Peace Corps • Vietnam
The Other Mr. Buckley Remembers • Robert Buckley – 59 in 2009. Lived in Brooklyn, NY. • In 1963 I was 14 – At the end of the school day – I was a freshman in high school, the only year that I went to high school in NYC. My school was 8th/ 9th Ave and 13th. I was cleaning the blackboard at the end of the school day. Another student came in and told me that the President had been shot and no one believed it. We listened to it on the radio in the classroom. Everyone was going home and I needed to take the subway to go home. I remember that everyone on the train was crying. A pretty amazing experience. I think people were crying because someone had actually killed the president and also because it was Kennedy. I remember that for the next few days that we just watched TV. I remember seeing Lee Harvey Oswald killed on TV, as it was happening. Its all people did for about 3 days, watched the results of the assassination. Jack Ruby’s capture, the body lying in state at the Capital. It was quite a depressing experience.