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Caroline Kennedy's Dad

November 22, 2013 - Jodelle Greiner
Maybe it's because I lost my Dad a little over a year ago, but I've been seeing Caroline Kennedy differently these days. There's been a lot of coverage on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There's been conspiracy features, overviews of JFK's presidency, profiles on Lee Harvey Oswald, frame by frame examination of the Zapruder film, commentary on how Jacqueline Kennedy handled instantaneous widowhood, the legend of Camelot, and what the world would have been like if JFK had lived. To most of us, this is history. This is speculation. This is asking "Where were you when you heard?" This is something that happened to someone else. For Caroline Kennedy, this was her father. A father who was brutally and publicly murdered on a Dallas street when she was barely in grade school. This was the man who played with her in the Oval Office. This was the man whose shoulder she leaned on when she was tired. This was her family; this is personal. When Johnny Cash died, his daughter Rosanne said at his funeral, "I can live with the idea of a world without the icon Johnny Cash, because there will never be a world without him. I cannot, however, imagine a world without Daddy."

We will always have President John F. Kennedy, but what Caroline Kennedy lost 50 years ago was her Dad and nobody can replace your Dad.


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