November 22 1963
8::00 am Went to JFK Suite
JFK shaved,showered and dressed ( He looked at a dark blue suit then picked a blue-gray 2 button suit a white shirt with a blue gray stripe and a dark blue tie with small squares
8:30 am Orange Juice Coffee
Talked about Thursday,great crowds, Jackie
Glanced at paper -checked weather
8:40 am took elevator to lobby
8:45 am JFK Stepped out the doors of the Hotel Texas-walked across the street in the rain to talk to about 5000 in parking lot.The crowd cheered and asked for Jackie. He apologized for his wife not being there."Mrs. Kennedy is busy getting organized it takes her a little longer but,she looks better than we do when she does it."
8:45 am President spoke to crowd outside Hotel in the rain
9:00 am Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
9:10 am Mrs. Kennedy received a great ovation from the 2500
10:10 am Breakfast over return to room
10:15 am JFK called John Nance Garner at Waldo,Texas to wish him a Happy Birthday
10:35 am Depart Hotel Texas-car
11:10 am Arrive Carswell AFB
11:17 am Depart Carswell-Jet
11:37 am Arrive Dallas -Love Field
11:50 am Depart Airport-Car
11:52 am Motorcade headed downtown Dallas
12:30 JFK Shot
12:35 Carried my President on stretcher to Parkland Hospital to emergency operating room #1
12:50 pm Father Oscar Huber pastor Holy Trinity Church administered the last rites of the Church
1:00 My President is dead
1:10 pm Ken told LBJ
1:30 pm Undertaker Vernon B. O'Neal- 1:26 LBJ Left Hospital
2:00 pm Left hospital for Love Field -Jackie rode with casket
2:15 pm Carried casket aboard Air Force 1
2:38 pm LBJ took oath of office as 36th President on Air Force One on the runway at Love Field Sworn in by Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes
2:47 PM Air Force One took off for Andrews
5:59 E.S.T. Air Force 1 landed in dark at Andrews
6:03 pm doors opened
6:05 pm took JFK's body to Bethesda Naval Hospital ( Jackie and AG rode in ambulance with body Dave,Ken, Larry rode behind to Bethesda
VIP Suite in Tower 17 -Dr. John Walsh and Mrs Hugh Auchincloss
Dr. Charles J.Carrico was the first to see JFK 2. Dr. Malcom O. Perry
Sat.4:22 am Back at White House
This is the schedule as it should have been the way I wish it had turned out
12:30 pm Arrive Trade Mart Attend luncheon sponsored by the Dallas Citizens Council,the Dallas Assembly and Graduate Research Center of the Southwest
2:00 pm Depart Trade Mart -Car
2:30 pm Arrive Love Field
2:35 pm Depart airport -jet
3:15 pm Arrive Austin Bergstrom AFB
3:30 PM Depart Bergstrom AFB Car
3:35 pm Arrive Commodore Perry Hotel
4:15 pm Attend reception in hotel sponsored by Democratic State Committee
6:00 pm Depart Commodore Perry Hotel -Car
6:05 pm Arrive Governor's Mansion-Attend Reception
6:45 pm Depart Governor's Mansion
6:50 pm Arrive Commodore Perry Hotel
8:15 pm Depart Commodore Perry Hotel car
8:20 pm Arrive Municipal Auditorium
8:30 pm Seated at head table-fund raising dinner sponsored by Democratic State Committee
8:45 pm Program Starts
9;15 pm Program over
9:30 pm Depart Municipal Auditorium -Car
9:45 pm Arrive Bergstrom Airport
9:50 pm Depart Bergstrom Airport -helicopter
10:20 pm Arrive Vice President Johnson's Ranch
Remarks at Rally in Port Work in Front of the Texas Hotel. November 22, 1963
Mr. Vice President, Jim Wright, Governor, Sen. Yarborough, Mr. Buck, ladies and gentlemen:
There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth and I appreciate your being here this morning. Mrs. Kennedy is organizing herself. It takes longer, but, but of course she looks better than we do which he does it. But we appreciate your welcome.
This city has been a great Western city, the defense of the West, cattle, all, and all the rest. It has believed in strength in this city, and strength in this State, and strength in this country.
What we are trying to do in this country and what we are trying to do around the world, I believe, is part simple: and that is to build a military structure which will defend the vital interest of the United States. And in that great cause, Fort Worth, as it did in World War II, as it did in developing the best bomber system in the world, the B-58, and as it will now do in developing the best fighter system in the world, the TFX , Fort Worth will play its proper part. And that is why we Place in much emphasis in the last three years in building a defense system second to none, until now the United States is stronger than it is ever been in history. And secondly, we believe that the new environment, space, the new sea, is also an area where the United States should be second to none.
And this State of Texas and United States is now engaged in the most concentrated effort in history to provide leadership in this area as it must here on earth. And this is our second great effort. And in December – next month – the United States will fire the largest booster in the history of the world, putting us ahead of the Soviet Union in that area for the first time in our history.
And thirdly, for the United States to fulfill its obligations around the world requires that the United States move forward economically, that the people of this country participate in rising prosperity. And it is a fact in 1962, and the first six months of 1963, the economy of the United's states group not only faster than nearly every Western country, which had not been true in the 50s, but also very faster than the Soviet Union itself. That is the kind of straight the United States needs, economically, in space, militarily.
And in the final analysis, that strength depends upon the willingness of the citizens of the United States to assume the burdens of leadership.
I know one place where they are, here in this rain, and Fort Worth, in Texas, and United States. We are going forward.
Thank you. John F. Kennedy PPOP 1963, page 887
Remarks at the Breakfast of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce November 22, 1963
Mr. Buck, Mr. Vice President, Gov. Connolly, Sen. Yarborough, Jim Wright, members of the congressional delegation, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Atty. Gen., ladies and gentlemen:
Two years ago, I introduced myself in Paris by saying that I was the man who had accompanied Mrs. Kennedy to Paris. I am getting somewhat that same sensation as I travel around Texas. Nobody wonders what Lyndon and I wear.
I am glad to be here in Jim Wright city. About 35 years ago, a Congressman from California who had just been elected received a letter from an irate constituent which said: "during the campaign he promised to have the Sahara modern mountains before state. Yet been office one month and you haven't done so." Well, no one in foreword has been that unreasonable, but in some ways he has had the Sierra Madre Mountains before stood, and here in Fort Worth he has contributed to its growth.
He speaks for Fort Worth and he speaks for the country, and I don't know any city that is better represented in the Congress of the United States in Fort Worth. And if there are any Democrats are this morning, I am sure you would know that against him.
Three years ago last September I came here, with the Vice President and spoke at Burke Burnett Park, and called, in that speech, for a national security policy and the national security system which was second to none – a position which said not first, but, if, when and how, but are. That city responded to that call is it has to its history. And we have been putting that pledge into practice ever since.
And I want to say a word about that pledge here in foreword, which understands national defense in its importance to the security of the United States. During the days of the Indian war, this city was a Fort. During the days of World War I, even before the United States got into the war, Royal Canadian Air Force poets were training here. During the days of World War II, the great The reader bombers in which my brother flew with his copilot from the city, were produced here.
The first nonstop flight around the world took off and returned here, and a plane built and factories here. The first truly intercontinental bomber, the B 36 was produced here. The bay 58, which is the finest weapon system in the world today, which has demonstrated most recently in flying from Tokyo to London, with the average speed of nearly 1000 mph, is a Fort Worth product.
The Iroquois helicopter from four work is a mainstay in our fight against the guerrillas and South Vietnam. The transportation oh cruise between our missile sites is done in planes produced here in Fort Worth.
So wherever the confrontation may occur, and in the last three years it has occurred on at least three occasions, in Laos, Berlin and Cuba, and it will again – wherever it occurs, the products of Fort Worth and the men of Fort Worth provide us with a sense of security.
And in the not-too-distant future a new four work product– and I'm glad that there was a table separating Mr. Hicks and myself – a new Fort Worth product, the T FX Tactical Fighter Experimental – nobody knows what those words mean, but that is what they mean, Tactical Experimental – will serve the forces of freedom and will be the number one airplane and in the world today.
There has been a good deal of discussion of the long and hard fought competition to win the T FX contract, but very little discussion about what this plane will do. It will be the first operational aircraft ever produced that can literally spread its wings through the air. It will thus give us a single plane capable of carrying out missions of speed as well as distant, able to fly very far in one form or very fast in another. It can take off from rugged, short airstrips, enormously increasing the Air Forces ability to participate in limited wars. The same basic plane will serve the Navy's carriers, saving the taxpayers at least 1 billion and costs if they built separate planes for the Navy and the Air Force.
The Government Of Australia, by purchasing hundred 25 million of T FX planes before they are even off the drawing boards, has already testified to the merit of this plane, and at the same time it is competent in the ability of Fort Worth to meet its schedule. In all of these ways, the success of our national defense depends upon the city in the Western United States, 10,000 miles from Vietnam, 5000 or 6000 miles from Berlin, thousands of miles from trouble spots in Latin America and Africa or the Middle East. And yet Fort Worth and what it does and what it produces participates in all these great historic events. Texas, as a whole, and Fort Worth bear particular responsibility for this national defense effort, for military procurement in this state totals nearly 1 1/4 million dollars fifth highest among all the states of the union. There are more military personnel on active duty in this state than in any in the Nation save one – and it is not Massachusetts – any in the Nation save one with a combined military – civilian defense payroll of well over $1 billion. I don't recite these for any part of some purpose. They are the result of American determination to be second to none, and as a result of the effort which this country has made in the last three years we are second to none.
In the past three years we have increased the defense budget of the United States by over 20%; increase the program of acquisition for Polar submarines from 24 to 41; increased our Minuteman missile purchase program by more than 75%; doubled the number of strategic bombers and missiles on alert; doubled the number of nuclear weapons available in the strategic alert forces; increase the tactical nuclear forces deployed in Western Europe by over 60%; added five combat ready divisions to the Army of the United States, and five tactical fighter wings to the Air Force of the United States; increased our strategic airlift capability by 75%; and increased our special counter insurgency forces which are engaged now and South Vietnam by 600%. I hope those who want a stronger America and place it on some signs will also place those figures next to it.
This is not an easy effort. This requires sacrifice by the people of the United States. But this is a very dangerous and uncertain world. As I said earlier, on three occasions in the last three years the United States has had a direct confrontation. No one can say when it will come again. No one expects that our life will be easy, certainly not in this decade, and perhaps not in this century. But we should realize what a burden and a responsibility the people of the United States have borne for so many years. Here, a country which lived in isolation, divided and protected by the Atlantic and the Pacific, and interested in the struggles of the world around it, here in the short space of 18 years after the second war war, we put ourselves, by our own will and by necessity into the fence of alliances with countries all around the globe. Without the United States, South Vietnam would collapse overnight. Without the United States, the SEATO-alliance would collapse overnight. Without the United States the CENTO alliance would collapse overnight. Without the United States there will be no NATO. And gradually Europe would drift into neutral is an and in difference. Without the efforts of the United States in the Alliance for Progress, the Communist advance onto the mainland of South America would long ago have taken place. So this country, which desires only to be free, which desires to be secure, which desire to live at peace for 18 years under three different administrations, has for more than its share of the burden, has stood watch for more than its number of years. I don't think we are fatigued or tired. We would like to be a as we once lived. But history will not permit it. The communist balance of power is still strong. The balance of power is still on the side of freedom. We are still the Keystone in the arch of freedom,, and update we will continue to do as we have done our past, our duty, and the people of Texas will be in the lead.
So I am glad to come to this state which has played such a significant role in so many efforts in this century, and to say that here in Fort Worth you people will be playing a major role in the maintenance of the security of the United States for the next 10 years. I am confident, as I look to the future, that our chances for security, our chances for peace, are better than they have been in the past. And the reason is because we are stronger. And with that strength is a determination not only to maintain the peace, but also the vital interests of the United States. To that great cause, Texas and the United States are committed.
Thank you. John F. Kennedy PPOP 1963 pages 888 – 90
Remarks prepared for Trade Mart (undelivered)
Also PPOP John F. Kennedy 1963 pages 890-=94\
Remarks Intended For Delivery to the Texas Democratic State Committee in the Municipal Auditorium in Austin. November 22, 1963
One hundred and eighteen years ago last March, President John Tyler signed the Joint Resolution of Congress providing statehood for Texas. And 118 years ago this month, President James Polk declared that Texas was a part of the Union. Both Tyler and Polk were Democratic Presidents. And from that day to this, Texas and the Democratic Party have been linked in an indestructible alliance--an alliance for the promotion of prosperity, growth, and greatness for Texas and for America. Next year that alliance will sweep this State and Nation.
The historic bonds which link Texas and the Democratic Party are no temporary union of convenience. They are deeply embedded in the history and purpose of this State and party. For the Democratic Party is not a collection of diverse interests brought together only to win elections. We are united instead by a common history and heritage--by a respect for the deeds of the past and a recognition of the needs of the future. Never satisfied with today, we have always staked our fortunes on tomorrow. That is the kind of State which Texas has always been--that is the kind of vision and vitality which Texans have always possessed--and that is the reason why Texas will always be basically Democratic.
For 118 years, Texas and the Democratic Party have contributed to each other's success. This State's rise to prosperity and wealth came primarily from the policies and programs of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman. Those policies were shaped and enacted with the help of such men as the late Sam Rayburn and a host of other key Congressmen--by the former Texas Congressman and Senator who serves now as my strong right arm, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson--by your present United States Senator, Ralph Yarborough--and by an overwhelming proportion of Democratic leadership at the State and county level, led by your distinguished Governor, John Connally.
It was the policies and programs of the Democratic Party which helped bring income to your farmers, industries to your cities, employment to your workers, and the promotion and preservation of your natural resources. No one who remembers the days of 5-cent cotton and 30-cent oil will forget the ties between the success of this State and the success of our party.
Three years ago this fall I toured this State with Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, and Ralph Yarborough as your party's candidate for President. We pledged to increase America's strength against its enemies, its prestige among its friends, and the opportunities it offered to its citizens. Those pledges have been fulfilled. The words spoken in Texas have been transformed into action in Washington, and we have America moving again.
Here in Austin, I pledged in 1960 to restore world confidence in the vitality and energy of American society. That pledge has been fulfilled. We have won the respect of allies and adversaries alike through our determined stand on behalf of freedom around the world, from West Berlin to Southeast Asia--through our resistance to Communist intervention in the Congo and Communist missiles in Cuba--and through our initiative in obtaining the nuclear test ban treaty which can stop the pollution of our atmosphere and start us on the path to peace. In San Jose and Mexico City, in Bonn and West Berlin, in Rome and County Cork, I saw and heard and felt a new appreciation for an America on the move--an America which has shown that it cares about the needy of its own and other lands, an America which has shown that freedom is the way to the future, an America which is known to be first in the effort for peace as well as preparedness.
In Amarillo, I pledged in 1960 that the businessmen of this State and Nation-particularly the small businessman who is the backbone of our economy--would move ahead as our economy moved ahead. That pledge has been fulfilled. Business profits-having risen 43 percent in 2 1/2 years--now stand at a record high; and businessmen all over America are grateful for liberalized depreciation for the investment tax credit, and for our programs to increase their markets at home as well as abroad. We have proposed a massive tax reduction, with particular benefits for small business. We have stepped up the activities of the Small Business Administration, making available in the last 3 years almost $50 million to more than 1,000 Texas firms, and doubling their opportunity to share in Federal procurement contracts. Our party believes that what's good for the American people is good for American business, and the last 3 years have proven the validity of that proposition.
In Grand Prairie, I pledged in 1960 that this country would no longer tolerate the lowest rate of economic growth of any major industrialized nation in the world. That pledge has been and is being fulfilled. In less than 3 years our national output will shortly have risen by a record $100 billion-industrial production is up 22 percent, personal income is up 16 percent. And the Wall Street Journal pointed out a short time ago that the United States now leads most of Western Europe in the rate of business expansion and the margin of corporate profits. Here in Texas--where 3 years ago at the very time I was speaking, real per capita personal income was actually declining as the industrial recession spread to this State--more than 200,000 new jobs have been created, unemployment has declined, and personal income rose last year to an all-time high. This growth must go on. Those not sharing in this prosperity must be helped. And that is why we have an accelerated public works program, an area redevelopment program, and a manpower training program, to keep this and other States moving ahead. And that is why we need a tax cut of $11 billion, as an assurance of future growth and insurance against an early recession. No period of economic recovery in the peacetime history of this Nation has been characterized by both the length and strength of our present expansion--and we intend to keep it going.
In Dallas, I pledged in 1960 to step up the development of both our natural and our human resources. That pledge has been fulfilled. The policy of "no new starts" has been reversed. The Canadian River project will provide water for 11 Texas cities. The San Angelo project will irrigate some 10,000 acres. We have launched 10 new watershed projects in Texas, completed 7 others, and laid plans for 6 more. A new national park, a new wildlife preserve, and other navigation, reclamation, and natural resource projects are all under way in this State. At the same time we have sought to develop the human resources of Texas and all the Nation, granting loans to 17,500 Texas college students, making more than $17 million available to 249 school districts, and expanding or providing rural library service to 600,000 Texas readers. And if this Congress passes, as now seems likely, pending bills to build college classrooms, increase student loans, build medical schools, provide more community libraries, and assist in the creation of graduate centers, then this Congress will have done more for the cause of education than has been done by any Congress in modern history. Civilization, it was once said, is a race between education and catastrophe--and we intend to win that race for education.
In Wichita Falls, I pledged in 1960 to increase farm income and reduce the burden of farm surpluses. That pledge has been fulfilled. Net farm income today is almost a billion dollars higher than in 1960. In Texas, net income per farm consistently averaged below the $4,000 mark under the Benson regime; it is now well above it. And we have raised this income while reducing grain surpluses by one billion bushels. We have, at the same time, tackled the problem of the entire rural economy, extending more than twice as much credit to Texas farmers under the Farmers Home Administration, and making more than 100 million dollars in REA loans. We have not solved all the problems of American agriculture, but we have offered hope and a helping hand in place of Mr. Benson's indifference.
In San Antonio, I pledged in 1960 that a new administration would strive to secure for every American his full constitutional rights. That pledge has been and is being fulfilled. We have not yet secured the objectives desired or the legislation required. But we have, in the last 3 years, by working through voluntary leadership as well as legal action, opened more new doors to members of minority groups--doors to transportation, voting, education, employment, and places of public accommodation--than had been opened in any 3-year or 30-year period in this century. There is no noncontroversial way to fulfill our constitutional pledge to establish justice and promote domestic tranquillity, but we intend to fulfill those obligations because they are right.
In Houston, I pledged in 1960 that we would set before the American people the unfinished business of our society. That pledge has been fulfilled. We have undertaken the first full-scale revision of our tax laws in 10 years. We have launched a bold new attack on mental illness, emphasizing treatment in the patient's own home community instead of some vast custodial institution. We have initiated a full-scale attack on mental retardation, emphasizing prevention instead of abandonment. We have revised our public welfare programs, emphasizing family rehabilitation instead of humiliation. And we have proposed a comprehensive realignment of our national transportation policy, emphasizing equal competition instead of regulation. Our agenda is still long, but this country is moving again.
In El Paso, I pledged in 1960 that we would give the highest and earliest priority to the reestablishment of good relations with the people of Latin America. We are working to fulfill that pledge. An area long neglected has not solved all its problems. The Communist foothold which had already been established has not yet been eliminated. But the trend of Communist expansion has been reversed. The name of Fidel Castro is no longer feared or cheered by substantial numbers in every country. And contrary to the prevailing predictions of 3 years ago, not another inch of Latin American territory has fallen prey to Communist control. Meanwhile, the work of reform and reconciliation goes on. I can testify from my trips to Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Costa Rica that American officials are no longer booed and spat upon south of the border. Historic fences and friendships are being maintained. Latin America, once the forgotten stepchild of our aid programs, now receives more economic assistance per capita than any other area of the world. In short, the United States is once more identified with the needs and aspirations of the people to the south, and we intend to meet those needs and aspirations.
In Texarkana, I pledged in 1960 that our country would no longer engage in a lagging space effort. That pledge has been fulfilled. We are not yet first in every field of space endeavor, but we have regained worldwide respect for our scientists, our industry, our education, and our free initiative.
In the last 3 years, we have increased our annual space effort to a greater level than the combined total of all space activities undertaken in the 1950's. We have launched into earth orbit more than 4 times as many space vehicles as had been launched in the previous 3 years. We have focused our wide-ranging efforts around a landing on the moon in this decade. We have put valuable weather and communications satellites into actual operation. We will fire this December the most powerful rocket ever developed anywhere in the world. And we have made it clear to all that the United States of America has no intention of finishing second in outer space. Texas will play a major role in this effort. The Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston will be the cornerstone of our lunar landing project, with a billion dollars already allocated to that center this year. Even though space is an infant industry, more than 3,000 people are already employed in space activities here in Texas, more than $100 million of space contracts are now being worked on in this State, and more than 50 space-related firms have announced the opening of Texas offices. This is still a daring and dangerous frontier; and there are those who would prefer to turn back or to take a more timid stance. But Texans have stood their ground on embattled frontiers before, and I know you will help us see this battle through.
In Fort Worth, I pledged in 1960 to build a national defense which was second to none--a position I said, which is not "first, but," not "first, if," not "first, when," but first--period. That pledge has been fulfilled. In the past 3 years we have increased our defense budget by over 20 percent; increased the program for acquisition of Polaris submarines from 24 to 41; increased our Minuteman missile purchase program by more than 75 percent; doubled the number of strategic bombers and missiles on alert; doubled the number of nuclear weapons available in the strategic alert forces; increased the tactical nuclear forces deployed in Western Europe by 60 percent; added 5 combat ready divisions and 5 tactical fighter wings to our Armed Forces; increased our strategic airlift capabilities by 75 percent; and increased our special counter-insurgency forces by 600 percent. We can truly say today, with pride in our voices and peace in our hearts, that the defensive forces of the United States are, without a doubt, the most powerful and resourceful forces anywhere in the world.
Finally, I said in Lubbock in 1960, as I said in every other speech in this State, that if Lyndon Johnson and I were elected, we would get this country moving again. That pledge has been fulfilled. In nearly every field of national activity, this country is moving again--and Texas is moving with it. From public works to public health, wherever Government programs operate, the past 3 years have seen a new burst of action and progress--in Texas and all over America. We have stepped up the fight against crime and slums and poverty in our cities, against the pollution of our streams, against unemployment in our industry, and against waste in the Federal Government. We have built hospitals and clinics and nursing homes. We have launched a broad new attack on mental illness and mental retardation. We have initiated the training of more physicians and dentists. We have provided 4 times as much housing for our elderly citizens, and we have increased benefits for those on social security.
Almost everywhere we look, the story is the same. In Latin America, in Africa, in Asia, in the councils of the world and in the jungles of far-off nations, there is now renewed confidence in our country and our convictions.
For this country is moving and it must not stop. It cannot stop. For this is a time for courage and a time for challenge. Neither conformity nor complacency will do. Neither the fanatics nor the faint-hearted are needed. And our duty as a party is not to our party alone, but to the Nation, and, indeed, to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom.
So let us not be petty when our cause is so great. Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our Nation's future is at stake. Let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause--united in our heritage of the past and our hopes for the future-and determined that this land we love shall lead all mankind into new frontiers of peace and abundance.
Edited by Michelle Morrissette, 23 November 2014 - 04:47 PM.