John Kennedy Obituary, Death Cause – It is still impossible to comprehend the unbelievable and heartbreaking news that spread across the entire United States and the rest of the world yesterday afternoon. Even now, hours after the occurrence, it seems nearly incomprehensible that John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the President of the United States, who exemplified life, youth, and strength in every word and action he took, is lying dead as the result of an assassination attempt.
We are all still in a state of shock from this devastating blow, which even today seems surreal in the grotesque misery that it inflicted upon us. This applies to everyone, from the most powerful leaders in the country to the most ordinary person. And hundreds of millions of people outside our borders, throughout the hemisphere and beyond the seas, are also mourning the death of a President who made the American principles of peace and freedom a reality on a global scale.
The first thing that comes to mind in terms of human sympathy is the President’s family. One’s thoughts immediately move to the President’s wife, who was by his side when he was struck down; to his young children; to his parents; and to his brothers and sisters. The peculiar proximity of their interactions with one another inside this large, close-knit family makes the deeply personal loss that they have endured feel even more intense.
The loss on an individual level is profound and shattering, while the loss on a national and global scale is monumental and overwhelming. John F. Kennedy was a man of intellect in addition to his many accomplishments in life. In the middle of the 20th century, he embodied the United States’ vitality, energy, intelligence, and enthusiasm, as well as the nation’s courage and optimism. He was a symbol of the American dream. When he took the oath of office for his exalted position on that day, which was less than three years ago, he said:
“Let the word go forth from this time and ulace. to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today both at home and around the world.”