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Lem Johns, LBJ Bodyguard, Dies; Witness To JFK Assassination, Spattered With Paint In Australia

Lem Johns, the United States Secret Service agent who was spattered with paint during President Lyndon Johnson’s visit to Australia in 1966, has died, at the age of 88.

Johns, with his right hand raised, can be seen in the picture below on the right hand side of Johnson’s limousine. The incident occurred during a demonstration in Melbourne.

LBJ

Johnson’s visit in October 1966 came just one month before the federal election of November 26. The election was conducted amidst vigorous public debate about Australia’s commitment of conscripted troops to the war in Vietnam. [Read more…]


This Day, 50 Years Ago: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated on this day 50 years ago.

Like today, November 22 in 1963 was also a Friday. The murder of the 35th US President took place at 3.30am Saturday, AEST. Most Australians heard the news when they awoke on Saturday morning.

JFK

I was a young boy in Grade 2, living in rural Australia. Television had not yet arrived in country areas and I’m sure this is the main reason I have next to no memory of the assassination. I do recall seeing newspaper reports of Kennedy’s death and a sense of confusion when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby. My child’s mind could barely make sense of the names and the events. I have an indistinct recollection of talking about it with my mother. I have no memory of the event being discussed at school. [Read more…]


Obama Remembers Kennedy on 50th Anniversary

President Barack Obama delivered a speech today in commemmoration of the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

The speech was given at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C.

Watch John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address on January 20, 1961:

Full text of President Obama’s speech.

Thank you so much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. To Caroline and the Kennedy family, to all the members of Congress and distinguished guests here tonight, it is an extraordinary pleasure to join you to mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. (Applause.) And I can’t think of a better place to do it than here, in a living memorial that reflects not only his love of the arts, but also his recognition of how the arts can help sustain our national strength. (Applause.)

Now, we mark this anniversary with a measure of sadness, as we remember the extraordinary life of Sargent Shriver –(applause) — a man who embodied the spirit of the New Frontier as well as anybody. When a person passes away, there’s often an urge to define their legacy, and find a way in which it will endure. In the case of Sarge, that is not hard to do. His legacy is written in the villages around the world that have clean water or a new school through the Peace Corps. It’s written into the lives of all the children in our own country whose fortunes have been lifted through Head Start. And it will endure in the work of his children who are living out his legacy of service, and our thoughts and prayers are with them tonight. [Read more…]


Political Quotations – Set 8

  1. People who never get carried away should be. – Malcolm S. Forbes, American publisher (1919-1990)
  2. Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life. – Eugene O’Neill, American playwright (1888-1953)
  3. He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak. – Michel De Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)
  4. No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. – Thomas Mann, German author (1875-1955)
  5. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
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Senator Kennedy Endorses Barack Obama For President

Senator Edward Kennedy has endorsed Barack Obama for this year’s presidential election.

The senior senator from Massachusetts, and the sole surviving brother of John and Robert Kennedy, was accompanied by JFK’s daughter, Caroline, who endorsed Obama in an op-ed piece in the New York Times on the weekend. [Read more…]


Kennedy And Lincoln

Some interesting facts about Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. [Read more…]


The Speech President Kennedy Never Made

This is the text of the speech President Kennedy was due to deliver on the afternoon of November 22, 1963.

The Detroit Free Press reports the assassination of President Kennedy

Detroit Free Press reports the assassination

Prepared speech for delivery by President John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963.

I am honored to have this invitation to address the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council, joined by the members of the Dallas Assembly–and pleased to have this opportunity to salute the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest. [Read more…]


JFK Promises To Land A Man On The Moon

President John F. Kennedy’s speech in which he promised to land a man on the moon was delivered before a joint session of the United States Congress on May 25, 1961.

  • Watch an extract of the speech (4m)

Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs

President John F. Kennedy

Delivered in person before a joint session of Congress

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, my copartners in Government, gentlemen-and ladies:

The Constitution imposes upon me the obligation to “from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union.” While this has traditionally been interpreted as an annual affair, this tradition has been broken in extraordinary times.

These are extraordinary times. And we face an extraordinary challenge. Our strength as well as our convictions have imposed upon this nation the role of leader in freedom’s cause. [Read more…]


The First Kennedy-Nixon Debate 1960

This is the first presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Richard Nixon.

Kennedy was the Democratic Party candidate who went to be elected President in November 1960.

Nixon had been Vice-President under President Harry Truman since January 1953.

  • Listen to the Debate (58m)
  • Watch the Debate (59m)

Transcript of the first debate between presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

Mr. Smith: Good evening.

The television and radio stations of the United States and their affiliated stations are proud to provide facilities for a discussion of issues in the current political campaign by the two major candidates for the presidency.

The candidates need no introduction. The Republican candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and the Democratic candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy. [Read more…]


Senator John F. Kennedy’s Speech Accepting The Democratic Party Nomination For President

This is the Address of Senator John F. Kennedy Accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency of the United States.

The speech was given to the Democratic Party’s National Convention at the Memorial Coliseum, in Los Angeles, California.

Senator John F. Kennedy’s Acceptance Speech at the Democratic Party’s National Convention at Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California.

JFKGovernor Stevenson, Senator Johnson, Mr. Butler, Senator Symington, Senator Humphrey, Speaker Rayburn, Fellow Democrats, I want to express my thanks to Governor Stevenson for his generous and heartwarming introduction.

It was my great honor to place his name in nomination at the 1956 Democratic Convention, and I am delighted to have his support and his counsel and his advice in the coming months ahead.

With a deep sense of duty and high resolve, I accept your nomination. [Read more…]