Previously Unseen Photographs of the JFK Inauguration 50 Years Ago Today

January 21st, 2011 - 1:23 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

JFK Inauguration Jan 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) News sites all over today are full of stories about the Inauguration of President John F Kennedy which took place fifty years ago to this date. Very interesting rare and until now unseen photos of that day are posted on the ‘Life’ magazine site, after Life opened it’s archives in honor of the event.

In one of those photos, First Lady Jacqueline can be seen looking like a princess as she lifts her dress to avoid the eight inches of snow which fell that day, covering Pennsylvania in a beautiful yet chilly blanket of white. In another, while walking to the inauguration, John F Kennedy himself can be seen wearing a top hat, arm in arm with his beautiful wife. He is the last president to ever wear such a hat.

After the president was sworn in, Richard Goodwin, a speechwriter and special assistant to President Kennedy, walked the two miles from the Capitol to the White House, and said, upon arriving, Kennedy pulled him aside with new orders, “Dick, did you see the Coast Guard contingent in the parade? There was not a single black face in that delegation, and I want you to do something about it right away.”

Fifty years after the fact, and Kennedy’s presidency has been the stock of many tales, both good and bad. But perhaps the memories which remain are those feelings of a time when nothing was impossible. When a politician really could capture everyone’s imagination, and leave them with a sense of hope, and magic. Thirty years ago today another president was inaugurated who had the ability to instill hope in a lost country, and to bring structure to chaos. Ronald Reagan, whose memory will also live on in our hearts, with the hope, that one day, leaders such as these will stand strong again.

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