Looking at news footage of events in Dallas on November 22, 1963, one is struck by the jubilance enveloping President Kennedy before 12:30 p.m., central standard time. Texans thronged the route from the airport, holding homemade signs and waving. Kennedy waded heedlessly into the crowds, in a way that presidents after him never again could. To the watcher today, this rousing welcome comes across as a deeply emotional farewell.
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