Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination which still remains shrouded in conspiracy theories and questions about the official story. Rather than wade into the cesspool, I’d just like to point out that his death was a major event of significance for the older generation. He was the youngest president ever elected to the post and he inspired hope and optimism for positive change. Obama has inspired similar sentiments in recent history, but has failed to deliver largely because the whole system surrounding him is corrupt and broken.
JFK is associated with the disastrous Bay of Pigs intervention in Cuba, but should perhaps be remembered as the president that ultimately drew back from the brink of a nuclear holocaust with Russia. The tense standoff eventually led to his administration’s signing in August 1963 of a treaty to ban all nuclear tests except those conducted underground.