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I only had today in Dallas, so it was always going to be a hectic rush. First I had to drop Nebraska off at Dallas airport. That was simple enough. Then I had to get downtown. It turns out Dallas doesn't really operate public transport wise on a Sunday. Getting into Dallas took three bus connections and long waits at very hot bus stops, some of which weren't in the most desirable areas of town. Well anyway I got in.

I headed straight to Dealey Plaza. Perhaps the name is not familiar. What about the grassy knoll? Or the Texas School Book Depository building? Still no? Dealey Plaza was the site where President John Kennedy was assasinated. I first walked along Elm Street where a simple white cross marks the place on the road where the the fatal shots hit the President. Even in spite of the cars rushing down Elm Street and the sound of car horns in the distance the site still retains an erie stillness.

I went up to the assasination museum on the sixth and seventh floors of the Depository Building (the sixth floor being the place from which Lee Harey Oswald is alleged to have shot the President). The museum dedicates about a quarter of its exhibits to the President's policy agendas, half on the assasination itself and the final quarter on the assasin and conspiracy theories, although perhaps the most captivating feature is the preserved corner of the building where the shots were fired from and the view down to the cross marked on Elm Street. The exhibits confirmed what I had gained when I visited the Kennedy Library in Boston about a month and a half ago; he was an exceptionally gifted individual and although the tangible achievement of his short Presidency were limited, his greatest gift to his country were the challenges he set it and the hope he inspired in its people. For my part, having now spent some time learning about Kennedy and his Presidency I cannot help but be both inspired and intimidated by his abilities and leadership. In recent years I had always though of executive power as a corrupting influence and an ineffective way to bring about change - the short years that John Kennedy led his country have seriously challenged that view and have left food for thought.

I must get some rest as tomorrow I begin a two day drive to Colorado, via Amarillo.


Posted by MattOGrady 10:06 Archived in USA

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