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EDITORIAL: Will We Ever Have Another Camelot?

President John F. Kennedy, John Jr., Jackie and Caroline *Photo Courtesy of The Daily Mail Newspaper

President John F. Kennedy, John Jr., Jackie and Caroline
*Photo Courtesy of The Daily Mail Newspaper

John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his gracious, young and beautiful wife, Jackie were the dream team of the 1960’s. The era when John and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was President and First Lady was referred to as Camelot.

Jackie referred to that time in the White House before her husband was assassinated as, “An idyllic and a romantic fairy-tale.”

They had two young beautiful and energetic children. Everyone considered them a perfect match.

On a visit to France,  President Kennedy remarked that his wife, Jackie so enchanted the masses that he said he was “The man who accompanied Jackie to Paris.” In essence, she was more of a celebrity than him.

He was President from January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963.

52 years ago Camelot was forever shattered when an assassin’s bullet ended the dream in Dallas, Texas.

Jack and Jackie were looked on as fresh faces with new ideas to move the nation forward in a positive way.

One of President Kennedy’s most famous quotes during his time was,  “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

We just celebrated Veteran’s Day this past November 11. When you think of the Veterans, they fall under that category automatically. Others have done so by volunteering their time or monetary contributions with charitable organizations.

September 11 is National Day of Service. The day is an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

When you look at JFK’s inaugural address, it basically said the same thing.

So he is the one who actually originally initiated the National Day of Service.

If he was alive today, President Kennedy would have been 98 years old.

You can’t help but wonder how the country would have turned out if his life had not been cut short.

So this editorial is dedicated to that short Camelot period.

C.M.

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