ALL ABOUT JFG - PART 2.
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JFK’s Last Day
In the autumn of 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his political advisers were already preparing for the next presidential campaign. He hoped to be re-elected in 1964 and the main themes for his campaign were the importance of education, national security, world peace, natural resources and conservation efforts. JFK thought that winning in Florida and Texas was essential for his re-election so he and the First Lady started the two-day, five-city tour of Texas on November 21st .
November 22nd – Morning in Fort Worth
A light rain was falling, but a crowd of several thousand people waited for the President in the parking lot outside the Texas Hotel to hear him speak.
"There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth," he began, "and I appreciate your being here this morning. Mrs. Kennedy is organizing herself. It takes longer, but, of course, she looks better than we do when she does it." He emphasised the importance of Americans being "second to none" in defence and in space, and promised growth in the economy. He praised "the willingness of citizens of the United States to assume the burdens of leadership." The audience’s response was very positive and the president reached out to shake hands amidst a sea of smiling faces.
On to Dallas
The presidential party left the hotel and went by motorcade to Carswell Air Force Base for the thirteen-minute flight to Dallas, where Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, were already waiting for them, sitting in the front passenger seats of the open limousine. The procession left the airport and travelled along a ten-mile route through downtown Dallas. The destination was the Trade Mart where the President was scheduled to speak.
Crowds of excited people were waiting for the Kennedys all along the route. Around 12:30 p.m. the car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza. The gunfire started while it was passing the Texas School Book Depository. The President was hit in the neck and head and the governor took a hit in the chest. Unfortunately, there was nothing to be done for JFK, although the car took him to the nearby Parkland Memorial Hospital in a couple of minutes. He received the last rites from a Catholic priest, and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead. Despite his serious wound, Governor Connally would recover.
At 1:50 police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository, after finding his rifle and three cartridge cases on the 6th floor of the building. Shortly afterwards, the president's body was transported to the airport and placed on Air Force One, the President’s private plane. Before take-off, at 2:38 p.m. Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office in a brief ceremony in the compartment of the plane.
adviser – tanácsadó
to re-elect – újraválasztani
national security – nemzetbiztonság
natural resources - természeti kincsek
conservation – természetvédelem
essential – alapvető
faint - (itt) gyenge
to appreciate – értékelni
to praise – dicsérni
to assume – feltételezni
burden – teher
motorcade - gépkocsi kíséret
procession – felvonulás
route – útvonal
last rites - utolsó kenet
to pronounce - kinyilvánítani, kimondani
despite - valami ellenére
recently – nemrégiben
rifle – puska
cartridge case – töltényhüvely
oath of office - hivatali eskü
compartment - fülke