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The presidency of JFK, 50 years ago

Fifty years ago this month, John F. Kennedy was elected president of the United States. He held the office for just over 1,000 days before his assassination, but they were significant days, and the man and his family became iconic around the world, especially capturing the imagination of Americans at home. This year, a four-year, $10 million effort to digitize the JFK Library and Museum’s archives is nearing completion, and LIFE Magazine has just released a series unpublished photos of the president. Collected here are a sampling of these photos, most from the JFK Library, some from LIFE and other press agencies, looking back 50 years ago. (26 photos total)

President John F. Kennedy addresses the nation from the Oval Office during the Berlin Crisis on July 25th, 1961. (Cecil Stoughton, White House/ John F. Kennedy Library)
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147 comments so far...

He was smooth

Posted by ashton November 28, 10 09:50 AM

wow, super photographs !!!!

Posted by Kiran Pilly November 28, 10 09:52 AM

#23 is very impressive. Look at the cop at the right upper corner with his hat off...

Posted by Wouter November 28, 10 09:57 AM

very tragic

Posted by Andy November 28, 10 09:57 AM

Um presidente carismático e popular. Um homem de fama com um fim trágico! JFK

Posted by Arley da Cruz November 28, 10 10:02 AM

I love the one with Jackie and little John. What a tragedy it remains though...

Posted by Eveline November 28, 10 10:04 AM


Posted by Anonymous November 28, 10 10:04 AM

Le monde ne donne plus naissance a des Hommes aussi brillants

Posted by nanou November 28, 10 10:12 AM

No. 3! A classic image. 50 years ago... Seems like only yesterday.

Another fine collection of images from you guys.

Posted by Robert Zimmerman November 28, 10 10:15 AM

What a great, poignant collection. Thank you.

Posted by JL November 28, 10 10:15 AM

Wow, somebody in America's mainstream media finally remembers the 50th anniversary of her last great president. It has been downhill ever since literally and figuratively.

Posted by David November 28, 10 10:17 AM

Great moments! very nice photos!

Posted by RA November 28, 10 10:23 AM

Beautiful car at #3

Posted by Cedric VD November 28, 10 10:28 AM

excellent photographs, very nice selection.

Posted by Avram November 28, 10 10:41 AM

רגעים מעניינים בזמנו

Posted by אוהד מ צפון OHAZ November 28, 10 10:58 AM

One of '60's icon. You may not liked US foreign politics but JFK was always gusto.

Posted by Selcuk Askin November 28, 10 11:27 AM

im from cork in ireland,picture 20 is great!

that street still looks almost the same today,and probably will for a while yet!

Posted by phil November 28, 10 11:37 AM

What a surreal moment for this secret service agent to hang to his life himself with his 2 hands, over the president!

Posted by Craignos November 28, 10 11:44 AM

Great pictures... and some photos with amazing quality !

Posted by André Weigel November 28, 10 11:49 AM

Not even one photograph featuring Marilyn :(

Posted by RecklessTypist November 28, 10 12:01 PM

JFK: The proof that any billionare can be president if he wants (or if his father wants)

Posted by nope November 28, 10 12:06 PM

rilru ava khoih ve...very touching

Posted by Lyunz November 28, 10 12:07 PM

#11 -- what does the photographer have on his right foot?

Posted by Tiki November 28, 10 12:12 PM

Many nice pictures. Many of us still miss JFK's leadership ability and sense of humor.

Posted by John Daley November 28, 10 12:15 PM

Wonderful collection! loved the #16. Thank you Boston Globe.

Posted by Ritish November 28, 10 12:29 PM

A nice look back in history. We move so fast these days!
Look at those cool cars in the photos, the rain hats on the ladies and the hats on men. Everyone dressed up in those days. You just wouldn't see this anymore. Now we all wear jeans.. like a national uniform. ;)

Posted by IMHO November 28, 10 12:47 PM

Ces photos sont magnifiques, cet homme, sa famille et son destin ont marqué à jamais cette époque.

Posted by Paule R.H November 28, 10 01:22 PM


Posted by ELIAS TSHANA November 28, 10 02:21 PM

What's up with the kid and the gun in #2?

Posted by Justin November 28, 10 02:31 PM

One wonders what today's world would be like if he had lived until the end of his first and possibly a second term. I believe it would be a different place with a different outlook on all of our world's countries. He was a great man. We lost a person who I believe would have made many more significant changes in our world. May God bless him and his family.

Posted by Gordon Plumlee November 28, 10 02:41 PM

Let's not forget how Daley handed him the Presidency or the Bay of Pigs or Vietnam. On the other side, his handling of the Cuban missile crisis and supporting NASA were top notch.

Posted by ted November 28, 10 02:44 PM

#2 ... how far we've come.

Posted by Andrew November 28, 10 02:49 PM

money + fame = presidence

nothing changes in Yankee politics - just the biggest celebrity show on earth

Posted by HT November 28, 10 02:56 PM

Thank you for these memories. Great pictures.

On #26 you can notice Charles de Gaulle, French President (between R. Sargent Shriver and Stephen E. Smith) and, on the extreme right, young King Baudoin from Belgium.
Can't figure out who's the lady between them...

Posted by ecureuil November 28, 10 03:10 PM

No. 16 is a fantastic picture... So much joy and love...

Posted by Sujata Göhlsdorf November 28, 10 03:20 PM

The quality and the details in the photos give a very strong feeling. thank you

Posted by Raul November 28, 10 04:12 PM

Picture number 3 made me laugh, I like that picture a lot. But I was remind how sad this is.

Posted by Jonny November 28, 10 05:10 PM

no coments, amaizing man-

Posted by R. Estrada November 28, 10 05:20 PM

@#34 - I am totally unsure, but is striking me that she looks like Queen Fabiola of the Belgians, and it would make sense being beside Bedouin.

Posted by Jess November 28, 10 05:39 PM

They were in it for the principles.

Posted by Tomas November 28, 10 05:41 PM

We all lost our innocence that awful day in November '63. I will remember it 'til I die.

Posted by Ed Rockman November 28, 10 05:44 PM

belle immagini, per ricordare
un grande uomo.

Posted by Nico Ferrari November 28, 10 06:04 PM

#4 After more than 30 years, this image still looks like this just happened yesterday!

Posted by Milton Ramirez November 28, 10 06:23 PM

23 In the olden days people with birth defects were given special shoes.

Posted by lotte November 28, 10 06:29 PM

I turned one year old the day after President Kennedy was killed, I have always felt close to him probably for that reason, it was the best and worst of times for everyone.

Posted by Mark Hggan November 28, 10 06:40 PM

@# 39 Bedouin are nomads living in desert. The right spelling is Baudouin.

Posted by Thomas November 28, 10 06:42 PM

This is a beautiful and moving collection- my mother can recall (as so many others can) where she was that day. I was born some years later on November 22, so it's a topic that has always been dear to me. Thank you for sharing this collection.

Posted by Carol S. November 28, 10 06:57 PM

sin comentarios... UN GRAN LIDER..

Posted by antonio flores cano November 28, 10 06:57 PM

Quando JFK foi assassinado eu tinha apenas 16 anos, era estudante ginasial e admirava muito JFK. No dia do seu assassinato, há 47 anos fiquei muito entristecido pelo fato e desde então quando chega a data 22 de novembro sempre lembro o triste acontecimento, pois jamais esqueci desta data.

Posted by MTigre November 28, 10 08:02 PM

I remember the night well, when it was announce, and have never forgotten the date.

Posted by J Thompson November 28, 10 08:04 PM

Nos anos 90 visitei a praça onde JFK foi assassinado. Era tarde da noite. Uma senhora idosa negra e curvadinha pendurava tirinhas de pano nos arbustos da praça. Perguntei porque. "É pela memória do presidente". E já tinham se passado trinta anos...

Posted by Carlos Alberto Teixeira November 28, 10 08:44 PM

Obama sooooo wants to be JFK.

Posted by jeff November 28, 10 08:54 PM

I was in the army at Fort Campbell when he was shot. None of us new what this meant for the military, we were all nervous and saddened. A few short years later I was with 1st Cavalry in the Ira Drang valley of Viet Nam.

Posted by KMD November 28, 10 08:57 PM

Great photography of a so-so president.

Posted by Allan Wafkowski November 28, 10 08:58 PM

Wow, American History. So brilliant, very nice. I have a large, nice photo album, published after the death of J.F.K. called, "The Torch Has Past," Many of these pictures are in this photo album.

Thank you,
Milwaukee, WI

Posted by SUGARLUMP November 28, 10 09:26 PM

Excelent selections from beginning to end. I am really moved by all of them. Thank you

Posted by jim horgan November 28, 10 09:39 PM

The current state of the Democratic party wouldn't allow this great man in their lousy party. They have gone downhill ever since November 22, 1963. How dare Obama even presume to compare himself to JFK. The idea is laughable.

Posted by Banderman November 28, 10 10:01 PM

Notice how many photos show the MARRIED president WITHOUT his wedding ring on? Just like slick willie clinton.

Posted by p51d007 November 28, 10 10:08 PM

Can the Obama haters please show one moment of class?

Posted by Eric November 28, 10 11:39 PM

anyone notice the kid in the second photo aiming the gun at his own head? and why was a gun allowed (toy or not) at that back then? But this all happened way before I was even born, so I guess I can't speculate too much about it.

Posted by Cherish November 28, 10 11:47 PM

Zabity, bo miał odwagę powiedzieć o grupie dysydentów kierujących i rządzących USA.

WOLNOŚĆ ponad wszystko !! !! !!

Posted by POLAK - POLAND November 29, 10 01:12 AM

For those intrigued by the boy with the toy gun..
Toy guns were a very common toy for most boys around that age and time.
Westerns were all the rage, so having your heroes weapons was as common place as having a toy light saber might be now.
I, myself (5yr old in '67)had two very nice plastic replica revolvers. It was no big deal at all.
The boy in that image is most likely unaware that he's "pointing the gun at himself" probably just lost in his own thoughts and idly touching it to his face like you would with a pen or anything else that happened to be in your hands.
Remember too, that these were simpler / more innocent times. Presidential assassination was not really heard of let alone expected. Hence the seeming lack of security.
Toy guns were seen as just that. Toys. Nothing more sinister than that.
Just goes to show how times have changed when an image of a boy with a toy can catch your attention like that though.

Posted by Terry November 29, 10 01:28 AM

Nice pictures. I think that was the time when America was at the peak of power and everyone wanted to come to America. Were are we now?
Trillions in debt, terrorist who wants to murder us and no respect from other countries.
It's past due that America steps up to it's ideals and become the greatest country in the world again.

Posted by I'm.Sad November 29, 10 02:27 AM

i was a 4 year old boy (australian) when this guy got shot, still remember that day when news came over the tv.

Posted by michael lewis November 29, 10 02:29 AM

a part of the world died with Kennedy

Posted by Anon November 29, 10 02:54 AM

A set of very nice photos, back when the world was a better and simpler place, Thanks

Posted by Haydar November 29, 10 03:17 AM

What a man. President Keneday is a voice of progress. He has left lots of legacies behind him. Looking back into that era give me an inspiration that one day I would live to see the Can-do Spirit and the New Frontier happening in my own country.

Posted by Piras Chantravekin November 29, 10 03:27 AM

The world would have been a better place with him surviving.

Posted by Jan November 29, 10 04:09 AM

I love n°2... seems to say "for became great you must begin from the lower"

Posted by Anonymous November 29, 10 05:00 AM

#10 : was he protected by Cyclope of the XMen ?

Posted by A fan November 29, 10 05:25 AM

@ted, comment #31: JFK could have given Illinois, including Mayor Daley's Chicago, to Vice President Nixon and would still have won. Contrary to populat belief Mayor Daley did not "steal" the election for Kennedy.

Posted by paulrevere November 29, 10 05:27 AM

We, Americans, moved by the hunger of money and power can not see any further...This should had never happened!

Posted by Sala Solis November 29, 10 05:54 AM

Quand on sait dans quelles circonstances il a été élu 35° président des USA.
Quand on connaît ses intentions.
Quand on voit la révolution de 1968...
On se dit qu'il aurait mieux fait d'attendre pour devenir le 36°...
He was the president who came 8 years too early...

Posted by Rome November 29, 10 06:35 AM

Isn't it interesting that President Kennedy signed an equal pay act in 1963...(#15). Apparently, the GOP has been blocking that ever since.

Posted by David M. November 29, 10 06:36 AM


Posted by MEDEIROS November 29, 10 08:12 AM

It has been too long since our country has had a great leader of the people.

Posted by George November 29, 10 09:13 AM

Amazing photos...........what a bright, brief moment in time his presidency was. I wonder how the world might have been different had he not been assassinated.

Posted by utah November 29, 10 09:14 AM

I've never seen #14 before. That is an awesome photo.

Posted by Frenetix November 29, 10 09:20 AM

I truly agree with comment #3.
A picture of a great country, really

Posted by MSG November 29, 10 09:26 AM

picture no.2 kid is pointing a toy gun on his head. LOL!

Posted by boplax November 29, 10 09:42 AM

One of the saddest days of my life, the day President Kennedy was shot and killed. I mourned a long time, and prayed a lot for the Kennedy family, especially Jacqueline and the children.

Posted by Betty Bazur November 29, 10 09:52 AM

JFK - last real US president

Posted by Arunis November 29, 10 09:57 AM

These pictures bring back so many memories, I can still recall the shock and feeling of loss of a great statesman.

Posted by Paul Cudworth November 29, 10 10:06 AM

Just another POLITICIAN in a long line of politicians. No more, No less. We are now looking at a dynasty of the ELITE Americans who have passed from the scene. The Elite are still running country, and not doing much better.
Never promise what you can't deliver.

Posted by Jay Everett November 29, 10 10:26 AM

Back when I trusted the government. This country has never been the same since. A truly GREAT man.

Posted by Robert Bell November 29, 10 10:29 AM

I was 13 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated and I still remember the horrible moment when I heard the news...I was leaving school and heard it being broadcast over the intercom. It was a cold winter November day and America mourned. It was a terrible time in our history and I feel like I lost my innocence then....I was never the same. Between the Vietnam War, the deaths of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X, America lost face.

Posted by Caroline Guerrero November 29, 10 10:30 AM

A true Leader and Irish Hero. Sadly we are lacking this class of individual in Ireland & the World today.

Posted by John Quinn Abbeyleix Laois Ireland November 29, 10 10:55 AM

One of the greatest this country has ever had.

Posted by Anonymous November 29, 10 11:17 AM

... another "could have been" person err case that might have changed our world from what it is now.

Posted by oVa November 29, 10 11:56 AM

Very neat photos.

Posted by Smark November 29, 10 12:12 PM

Thanks for posting these pictures. My favorite is #4 of President John F. Kennedy and then VP Lyndon Johnson at a baseball game with his great friend Dave Powers, the first museum curator of the John F. Kennedy Library. Kudos to all the archivists at the National Archives and the Kennedy Library for their work in preserving these photographs for posterity!

Posted by Roseann Fitzgerald November 29, 10 12:33 PM

Great photos of a great man and of an America that is no more.

Posted by John November 29, 10 12:35 PM

He was the last decent human being to hold this office! All those since have followed the dictates of the "NEW WORLD ORDER"! Kennedy fought them! He tried to take power from the CIA and the Federal Reserve and this is why he was shot! Bobby was cleaning up the mob and they helped with the assassination as well. You cannot be a 'braveheart' in America today!

Posted by Patricia Colleen(Griffin) Ress November 29, 10 12:38 PM

Thank you so much for sending these photos around--as a junior in high school, the day is etched in my memory, and I have wept many tears reliving the day, the ceremonies and funeral procession following his assassination, with the 'lone rider' horse following the casket. My Dad liked Nixon, had mistrusted Kennedy and thought "the Pope would run the White House". I of course became a Democrat, a hippie, and Kennedy's assassination no doubt brought on the inevitable eruptions of the 60's and changed the world forever. The tragedy of great leaders is that they DO give all for their countries.

Posted by Barbara Hamaker November 29, 10 01:51 PM

Is it true that Padre Pio said that he saved his soul?

Posted by vincent dalton November 29, 10 01:57 PM

"For in the final analysis...our most basic common link is...that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our childrens' futures and we are all mortal".

Quite simply, the most basic and profound statement ever made in all of human history, in my opinion.

President Kennedy, American University, June 10th, 1963.

Posted by Michael Hook November 29, 10 01:58 PM

#2 is my favorite

Posted by Eugene November 29, 10 02:16 PM

Picture 7
"Ich bin ein Berliner"
The history proofed him right.

Posted by Christoph November 29, 10 03:08 PM

Some amazing moments of what life was like back in the early '60s. I recall the week following JFK's assassination. Total shock gripped the nation. We all mourned for his family for ourselves. Even as a 6th grader, I was shaken that this could happen.Our class was in the school's library when the announcement came over the PA system. Everyone cried. No one will ever know what this man could have accomplished. I think setting the goal to get us to the moon reflects his kind of thinking... that anything is possible.

Posted by Garrett November 29, 10 08:09 PM

They were the first global couple ... media savvy without meaning to be (I think). The day he was shot, I was in a college class. No one dared believe the news, but sadly, it was true.

Posted by Melanie Coronetz November 29, 10 08:19 PM


Posted by HUGO November 29, 10 08:27 PM

We heve to learn to respect the life of the persons...JFK. was real leader in tthe worl.

Posted by AGAPITO ESPINOZA November 29, 10 08:35 PM

true and sad

Posted by Anonymous November 29, 10 11:34 PM

FYI These are not unpublished photos but some of the most commonly used of all photos of JFK and his family. As you note many were taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, a captain in the United States Army Signal Corps assigned as a photographer to the White House Army Signal Agency, not by LIFE magazine photgraphers. Consequently the photos are the property of U. S. Government and prints of the photos have been readily available for decades through the Archives of the JFK Library & Museum.

Posted by paulrevere November 29, 10 11:38 PM

I still mourn President Kennedy's death. What might have been had he survived the conspiracy to kill him! We all know what happened after his death.
Kennedy had feet of clay as do all of us. He turned from a cold war warrior to a man with a vision of peace and justice. My wife is from the Phillipines and she said that when the Filipinos heard of his death that they cried. His death was the world's loss.

Posted by John the Piper's Son November 30, 10 12:50 AM

I was teaching 5th grade in Oceanside, CA when this happened. Our principal, Mr. Hawkins, came in and told us the sad news. One of my students was Joanie Braden, and her mother was a personal friend of Jackie. There was a "sadness" in the air.

Posted by Pat Heady November 30, 10 01:34 AM

whoa. awesome showcase

Posted by Nasuha November 30, 10 03:49 AM

Who is "Mrs. John F. Kennedy"?

Isn't it about time we dispense with the male chauvinistic custom of naming wives as their husbands property? How would you name Jacqueline Kennedy (nee Lee Bouvier) if she was John F. Kennedy's second or third wife (goodness knows he had many mistresses)?

Posted by Vlad November 30, 10 07:32 AM

This President began the dismantling of the Constitution and a poor example of what an American should be. Only in recent times has one man done as much to destroy our country.

Posted by FM November 30, 10 10:44 AM

It makes you realize, with heart rending emotion, how far down we have fallen since his presidency. I'm truly afraid we will never again see anyone in our government with the stature and character of Kennedy and his contemporaries.

Posted by Alex November 30, 10 11:38 AM

I STILL can't believe it happened! It sickens me and makes me depressed to see the Dallas pictures. I was born and raised in Massachusetts. My grandparents lived two doors down from the Kennedy house in Brookline. We had a boat at Hyannis Marine when thr Honeyfitz was there. Senator Ted Kennedy spoke at my high school (Newton South HS)> I met Senator Ted Kennedy in his office and asked him about the model of the clipper ship he had on his mantle. I will go to my grave grieving abojut that awful day. Someone told me at UMass that day that the president was shot. I asked "what president?" I couldn't conceive that OUR US president could be shot; maybe a head of state from a banana republic but not JFK! The Englis language has thousands of words and is very dfescriptive yet I acn't think of a single word that truly reflects the horror of November 22,1963, a date forever etched in my conscious and subconscious pysche!

Posted by Baron Howard Wexler November 30, 10 01:55 PM

Regarding photo #22: Clint Hill, unlike all the other Secret Service agents that day, was personally asked to be there by Jackie Kennedy, and as the shots rang out, he was the only agent that reacted to them and tried to get to the president. The other agents following in the car behind did nothing. They just sat there while the motorcade sped up to escape the plaza.

Coincidence? I doubt it!

Posted by Matt November 30, 10 07:18 PM

Kennedy was a hero in every sense of the word; he made a difference for all , not just a few. He was loved by many, and will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! A TRUE AMERICAN.

Posted by Andrea Smith November 30, 10 09:39 PM

December 7, November 22, and September 11, are days that scar my memory. Terrible, terrible days. However, seeing JFK, forever youthful, recalls many happy times, too.

Thanks for the photos.

Posted by John Parkhurst December 1, 10 04:42 AM

That picture of himself on Patrick's Street in Cork is one of my favourite photos. Nice work boston.

Posted by Ronan December 1, 10 11:41 AM

Deepest respect and sympathy from Denmark.

Posted by Lasse Andkjaer Nielsen December 1, 10 03:18 PM

Mi sembra ieri. Il dolore per la morte di Jfk non e mai finito. La sua vita e le sue parole rimarranno per sempre nei nostri cuori e nella nostra mente

Posted by Rosetta December 1, 10 04:52 PM

wish they have ninoy aquino too. since i'm Filipino and proud to be, i know little of JFK. Some said he could "revolutionize" the American government, or something like that. Ninoy struggled for it too. Nakikiramay rin po ako sa pagkamatay ni JFK...

Posted by Mai December 1, 10 11:09 PM

That photo of him in Berlin is really amazing. Is there any one politician that THAT many people would show up to see, let alone a politician from a country other than their own? JFK really was our last real president. He was the last guy that tried to stand up to corruption and corporate greed. We have fallen so far as a country, and it seems like most Americans don't even care anymore. We have resigned ourselves to the notion that we are controlled by big business, and we have allowed the CIA to run amok and do whatever the hell they want, anywhere in the world. JFK's murder was a tragedy on a whole lot of levels.

Posted by anon December 2, 10 12:56 AM

I can still hear the funeral drum beats during the procession through Washington DC.

America never really got over the loss of JFK. I mean this from a non-partisan way.

Posted by Basel December 2, 10 02:27 AM

Thank you for these pictures. Doesn't seem like the JFK era was that long ago. Then, Bobbie. Such losses.

Posted by E. Weber December 2, 10 02:46 PM

Great photo, former American President, a former president of the United States, full of dignity, a first catholic to be president of the American, handsome, intelligent, highly respected political friend and foe alike, was young when inaugurated, a true democrat familiar with smart ideas, to American and the world, a perfect character.

Posted by ian subianto December 2, 10 04:54 PM

Seeing him again with such virility warmed my heart. I still miss him. Since that day we have never been the same. That was the beginning of us growing up. He brought out the best in us, and put us on the moon, and the world cheered us on. Reagan picked up the torch and reminded us of what we are, and what we've accomplished. Those men were Leaders.

Posted by Ronald DeVito December 2, 10 06:03 PM

He was going to blow the whistle on the Federal Reserve. He loved this country and it's people. Imagine if a President would have exposed the fraudulent Fed and the criminal banksters back then. We surely wouldn't be in this financial nightmare.

The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

Read it and learn the TRUE story of the Fed and why we are slaves to a banking cartel

Posted by Cramer December 2, 10 07:28 PM

JFK was the last real President. All those that followed after were beholden to the bankers and the elite families aka Illuminati. We are at a point in history that no man can save us from the darkness or the lies, only our Father in Heaven can do that now. God bless you JFK.

Posted by Larry December 2, 10 11:54 PM

une vie si riche,un destin aussi grand, sa mémoire se doit d'être

Posted by Bonavita Nicole December 3, 10 03:50 AM

Seems like when he died a lot of goodness died in all people . we've become a different kind of nation. I like the old one better. We were kinder to each other.

Posted by D Tratar December 3, 10 10:17 AM

Some of the cataclysmic events such as the Kennedy assination can not be understood by reasoning alone as subsequent happenings in the Kennedy family will suggest. Spiritual questions arise that we cannot know the origin nor the evil forces that cause terrible happenings. It will be mandatory that we all pray for deliverance from evil at all times even though we do not know what evil could portend and we don't know what help from the Almighty we must have to forestall the unknown.

Posted by Nelson Merritt December 3, 10 03:18 PM

JFK was the first President that I was old enough to vote for. It brings fond/sad memories to me as I believe to this day that a part of me & our country died when he died.... so tragic a loss I was barly able to view all the great photos of him. Years later I was a delegate to his brothers effort to become President & it was a tear jerker also but worth all the effort. It was not to be for RFK either those years to me felt like the end was near. They were clearly the best this country had to offer.... gone way to soon. Gary Brandt-- Florida

Posted by Gary Brandt December 4, 10 03:26 PM

Thank you for sharing those pictures! I hope every media in the US would dig with the same passion that created this photo compilation into the darkness of the government to show the real truth that happened that day. I still can´t believe how innocent northamerican people is (not to say stupid...) with regard to the Warren Comission information. It is an insult to you guys what they have done with your country...

Posted by Alejandro December 6, 10 12:36 PM

I am the son of the late Cecil W. Stoughton and i would like to thank everyone for the kind, thoughtful, and heart warming comments on John F. Kennedy and the photos my Father made of that beautiful family.

Posted by Jamie Stoughton December 6, 10 03:16 PM

I'm Egyptian yet i love JFK so much and i think he was one of the best .
Abraham Lincoln+JFK = a very good world !

JFK was such a great man...
My warmest greetings and respect to his family members.

thank you Boston for those amazing photos

Posted by ceosayed December 7, 10 05:09 PM

i never met him. i dont even born but even i know how great this guy was. and quiet honestly, the best president a country can have. no matter where.

guys like him made the world a better place. maybe one day things will change.

Posted by rouven December 8, 10 09:56 PM

in the world rarely have leaders like this

Posted by asri December 9, 10 05:54 AM

I wish our country and its leaders had JFK's sense of confidence, hope and optimism about conquering "new frontiers," and making the U.S. a better place for all people, not just the entitled.

Posted by Jack Hilovsky December 9, 10 05:15 PM

Retired Agent Clint Hill has written a book about all of this. "THE KENNEDY DETAIL". He and co authors Gerald Blaine and Lisa McCubbin appeared on a radio show on KOA in Denver today. The situation explained by Hill was facinating. He went through alot of subjects, including conspiracy theories and what he personally saw when he jumped into the car after Jackie Kennedy tried to retrieve a piece of her husband's skull from the trunk lid. It should be a good read.

Posted by Fraudcop December 9, 10 06:45 PM

perpetual leader, god bless you
he lives in my heart, forever
a chrismatic man

Posted by norton December 9, 10 09:36 PM

Awesome collections

Posted by Sam John December 10, 10 03:22 AM

#2 - The man in the striped shirt looks like he could be Lee Harvey Oswalds older brother.

Posted by Dean in Missouri December 11, 10 06:14 AM

why does the kid in #2 have a gun? he looks like he is 8.

Posted by lucy collier December 12, 10 10:06 AM

whats the queen of England doing in #15

Posted by Queen-lizzy-spoter December 12, 10 03:32 PM

Stop glamorizing the past and help make the world a better place now. A president never works solo, political leaders are chosen by powerful people to divert the public's attention while they go about becoming more powerful. Make your home life the best it can be, be happy with your life and then help others do the same.

Posted by Carolynne December 12, 10 08:46 PM

Great collection. Great man. Great times in American history. I remember the day he died as if it were yesterday, (I was in Grade 4 and we all got sent home from school after lunch hour) and I am not an American, I am a Canadian.

Posted by Tim Addison December 18, 10 08:04 AM

What a greatman indeed.Without been immodesty'Late President F John Kennedy is one of the greatest president United State of America would ever had.This dastardly assasination was painful,condemnable and mournful in all its totality.I use to remember is favourite quotable quote which he said"He that makes peaceful change impossible would make voilence change inevitable".We shall greatly missed his unusual commitment to humanity while we should continue to celebrate his purposeful and fulfilling accomplishment.On this day,I pray for the repose of his tender soul.RIP


The day President Kennedy was assasinated, I was working as secretary, at the US Consulate in Arequipa, Peru, S.A. I heard voices from the street yelling "President Kennedy has been killed" !!!!, two young Mormon fellows were in front of the Consulate yelling as loud as they could. I cried and cried and couldn't believe that somebody actually dared kill this great man.
Thank you for the photographs!!!! I love the one where the president is with his two kids, where John Jr. is dancing.......

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Posted by Elizabeth N. Macedo January 11, 11 05:07 PM

fotos maravillosas de una epoca y un lugar que,aunque no lo viví,me atraen enormemente.

Posted by maria January 13, 11 01:50 PM

This president was the most accepted & loved president of the USA around the world. Maybe USA will have to wait 500 more years to have another president like this.

Posted by Eduardo carbonel January 15, 11 03:54 PM
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