IMO, No Camelot (Public Board)

by IT guy, Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 00:32 (12 days ago) @ Pepe the Programmer

Because JFK was assassinated there is a sepia toned wash of good vibes over Kennedy and his presidency. I suspect the truth back then was quite a bit more complex.

I think you hit the hammer on the nail here. If his terms were to play out, perhaps there would not be such good vibes. There's the nostalgia thing as well. People who were around in the 50s and 60s look back fondly on those times.

The prevailing non mainstream but common assumption today is that JFK was taken out by the CIA as retribution and as damage control owing to key failures such as the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis almost resulting in nuclear war.

So the CIA blamed Kennedy for those failure? I thought the CIA was in charge of the Bay of Pigs invasion?

I believe also that at the time JFK was considerably more of a war dove than the establishment wanted, and he probably would have curtailed US involvement in Vietnam.

That could have made a big impact in how things played out. Imagine no Woodstock, no hippies, and the music probably would have been impacted as well.

I suspect Kennedy's presidency may have been perceived a bit like Carter's if he wasn't assassinated.

That's a pretty big fall from grace. Although many would say that Carter is a good man, he isn't really seen as a good President.

Maybe Clinton's if he had done really well domestically with civil rights and the economy.

Both of them were involved in scandals, so they had that in common as well.

I recall Obama being compared to Kennedy when he was running for President - his speaking skills and charisma.

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