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Old 11-20-2013, 09:03 AM
 
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The high was 71F and the low was 55F. It seems there was rain/ drizzle that day. I don't recall seeing that from the videos but I am going off memory.

Dallas, TX Weather History File for November 22nd, 1963
I think the rain was in the city they were in (Ft Worth?) before they flew into Dallas. The warm weather in Dallas wasn't expected. Jackie had planned her wardrobe for cooler weather. The pink suit she wore was wool and she was uncomfortably warm in it while they were in the car. (Source is "Death of a President".)
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:24 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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And then we even have "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to kill President Ford.

Yes, the non-bullet proof bubble top might have deflected the bullet(s) aim, but people also say that if he had been wearing his back brace, that the last bullet would have missed based on the way the brace would have caused him to fall. Americans love a what-if mystery!

No way to tell, but I feel that the Kennedy "legend" would have been much different if he had not been shot, he may have been just another President....
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:36 AM
 
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Well, he sure was a pleasant change from Eisenhower and if he had lived he would have saved us from the reign of Lyndon B. Johnson and his Viet Nam War.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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He once made a comment to Jackie that after the missle crisis, knowing he would be remembered for that longer than anything else, if someone shot him they were too late, refering to Lincoln and his having done his work before it ended. Information released since has shown that he chose not to make it an absolute, that largely due to his own choice of how to see the confrontation, the way the military wanted to do it which might have led to war didn't happen. It was his finest hour.

He was a man who with all his medical problems did not expect to have a long life, and in his political one seemed to have a knowledge it would not be long. I can believe that when all was said and done, he was at peace with his passing. If he'd finished his second term and the mire of a mess in Viet Nam had caught him, he'd just be another president who had done some amazing things but in the end was just the same as the rest.

But in his dying, he was the transition to the world we see today.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:44 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Can any of the history buffs out there comment on the decision process to have the top removed on JFK's limo for the trip into Dallas. Was it a routine practice that was always followed and any assassin would have been easily expecting?
He wanted to be more accessible to the American people/public, partially due to the fact that the 1964 U.S. Presidential election was less than a year away by that point in time.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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And then we even have "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to kill President Ford.

Yes, the non-bullet proof bubble top might have deflected the bullet(s) aim, but people also say that if he had been wearing his back brace, that the last bullet would have missed based on the way the brace would have caused him to fall. Americans love a what-if mystery!

No way to tell, but I feel that the Kennedy "legend" would have been much different if he had not been shot, he may have been just another President....
I was under the impression that he was wearing his back brace, which caused him to not be able to get down after the first shot.
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