The New York Times--
"John F. Kennedy was a man of his generation, an eloquent spokesman for that strange new world which the Second War had ushered in. More than any President since Woodrow Wilson, he believed in the power of ideas. His quick intelligence gave him an extraordinary grasp of the vast scope of the Presidential office; his deep intellect molded a philosophy of government that rare oratorical powers enabled him to articulate with grace and with distinction.

"He was a man of the world, who understood the role of the United States in this world. He was a man of peace, who at first hand had experienced war. He was above all a man of political sophistication, who appreciated what the United States could do and what it could not do in its relations abroad. While a brilliant exponent of American democracy, he never fell into the trap of believing in the myth of American omnipotence. JFK

"He was a man of moderation, as he demonstrated repeatedly during his too-brief years in office; he was also a man of courage, as he showed in that moment of acute crisis over Cuba a year ago...

He has been murderously cut off in the prime of life and power; the Nation has suffered another day of infamy which the American people will never forget."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch--
"It is a national tragedy of incalculable proportions....What is wrong with the United States that it can provide the environment for such an act? There is a sickness in the nation when political differences cannot be accepted and settled in the democratic way."

The Baltimore Sun--
"The pictures that come back are the lively ones: the candidate fighting with a kind of cheerful ferocity for the great office in the performance of whose duties he died; the President laughing, sailing, throwing himself into a speech, joking with his children, reveling in a world full of things to see and hear and think about and, above all, do. Life and color and, to use his favorite word, vigor, went with him everywhere."

The Observer--
"When great men of State die, it is their achievements which come to mind. The tragedy of Kennedy's death is that we have also to mourn the achievements to come. There is a feeling that the future has been betrayed...His death diminishes us all."


Political cartoon by Bill Mauldin, Chicago Sun-Times

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