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Reflecting just 50 years back on Kennedy's death
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On this day a half century ago the world paused for the observance of President John Kennedy’s death.

It was a true tragedy which continues to be remembered and haunt Americans today, and likely into the future.

We are running the editorial the Journal published 50 years ago today on the front page of the Antigo Daily Journal:

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Profound shock, tinged with incredulity was the reaction of most Americans, together with millions of other people throughout the world to news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Words failed to express their grief and the sense of impaired security the startling news brought. With concern for their country’s future came a deep feeling of sympathy for members of the President’s family.

Not since the assassination of President McKinley, remembered only by the older people, has a would-be assassination of an American president succeeded, although there have been attempts on the lives of others who held the Nation’s highest office. Americans had come to feel that such crimes belonged to a past age, and that the security guard of the President was so efficient that an attack on him could not succeed. It could not, however, intercept a sniper’s bullet.

Difference of partisanship between Americans were forgotten as the cataclysmic news spread by radio, television, and press wires. They felt that John F. Kennedy, although head of his party, was the President of all of them irrespective of political allegiance. Once the ballots had been counted he became their chief representative in the executive branch of government and their spokesman in negotiations with foreign governments.

The bitterest opposition partisans cannot deny the devotion of President Kennedy to the best interests of the American people as he saw them from his own point of vantage. His means to ends might be questioned as to effectiveness, his judgment considered faulty, but his dedicated spirit was never doubted.


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