48 years ago, we lost a president to a bullet. In hindsight, many controversies have arisen, not only as to how and by whom he was killed, but whether he was, or could have been, the greatest president ever.
Writer Robert Stein has this to say on his blog today:
After November 22, 1963 I wrote an editorial attempting to define the deep grief over his shocking death-—that beyond his attractiveness and intelligence, there was the loss of a leader “who was still growing—-in understanding, in skill, in compassion, in commitment."
Today's contenders for the Presidency are, in contrast, overwhelmed by challenges. For all our sakes, we can only hope that whoever wins next year can attain ultimately the stature John F. Kennedy did in the thousand days he spent in the White House.