Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Flaming Irony

Nov. 22, 2003 | WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, reflecting on President Kennedy’s assassination, says the country still has “a feeling of loss that defies the passing of years.”

“America still misses our 35th president,” Bush said.

It was 40 years ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, that Kennedy was killed in Dallas. He was 46.

“John F. Kennedy has been gone nearly as long as he lived, yet the memory of him still brings pride to our nation and a feeling of loss that defies the passing of years,” Bush said in a statement Friday.

“We remember a man who welcomed great responsibilities and had a gift for awakening the idealism and sense of duty in others,” Bush said. “We remember a leader who called our nation to high purpose, and saw America through grave dangers with calm, discernment and personal courage.”

At Arlington National Cemetery, members of the Kennedy family visited the grave site Saturday. His daughter, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, his brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and others knelt before the eternal flame that is a memorial to the late president and laid flowers on the stones.

Italics mine.