- Posted October 22, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
When you heard JFK was killed
November 22, 1963
We were at our desks working when she made the announcement: "The president has been shot." You would think she was ordering a cup of coffee. The class was stunned to silence, a rarity.
During lunch the teacher came over to our table and announced the president had died. Lyndon Johnson was now our president. While many in the room were in tears she gave away nothing. I posited to my fellow 8 year old classmates "Maybe Johnson did it to get power." My mind already that of a conspiracy theorist.
The teacher from Texas overheard me as she was walking away, turned to me with a withering look, even a sneer. She walked away undoubtedly planning how to make the rest of third grade miserable for me. She succeeded but to this day I do not believe she cared President Kennedy had been killed. She was one of the few that actually thought it was for the best.
I spent the next few days watching the TV with my parents, like most of America, and the grief was palpable. Later film of Jackie and her children moving out of the White House was on and I asked my Dad, "Are they kicking them out of the White House?" "No, he said, we have a new president so they have to leave."
Jackie's kids were about my age and I said a short prayer for them, Jackie and a lost President I would only come to understand and really appreciate through books. When you see what is happening in Congress today one wonders what could have been if JFK and RFK were not taken from us.