FIFTY YEARS AGO sitting in a classroom in 1963 I got the news from my teacher. John Fitzgerald Kennedy had been assassinated.
LB JERK was the new President, and how bad was LB Jerk? Nine (9) year Vietnam War with 56,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of casualties, fighting for what? Two more assassinations, a political opponent of The Jerk and a meddlesome troublemaker. Trillions spend on well-intentioned, ineffective social programs that don’t work to this day despite 45 years of legislative tinkering. Being president in 1968, a weak, unhealthy old man.
A joke, black humor, about the assassination fits the Sixties: LBJ couldn’t go hunting this year. Why not? Oswald would give him back his gun.