“I almost shot LBJ”

Just 14 hours after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, former Secret Service Agent Gerald Blaine heard footsteps approaching his post in the darkness.  He pointed his automatic weapon at the chest of the approaching figure who turned out to be the newly sworn-in President Lyndon Johnson.

Blaine’s new book The Kennedy Detail is a first-hand account of the assassination and its aftermath.
Should be a good read.

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‘We’re heading into nut country’

Ed Morrissey, writing at Hot Air ….

Jack Kennedy was killed in an open car in Dallas in the midst of the most hated–it’s like the mood we’re in right now. [Chris Matthews]

Well, except for that pesky fact that John Kennedy was assassinated not by some “un-American” conservative angry at government expansion, but by an avowed Communist, as Mark Finkelstein points out at NB.

In fact, it was the Texas Democrat party that President John Kennedy went to Dallas to visit, and had characterized to an aide as, “We’re heading into nut country,” nearly 46 years ago.

JFK had gone to Texas to attend fundraisers, and to try and heal the wounds in the South that came as a result of his administration’s agenda. It was a record, except for a few memorable moments, that was largely unremarkable.

The imaginary John Kennedy is remembered by Matthews and millions of others as one of the greatest ever. That his youngest brother is lionized by these same people is no great surprise.

related:

Edward Kennedy – KGB collaborationist, Human Events, 12/08/2003

Ted Kennedy, NNDB

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