Jackie Kennedy: a real lady even in her grief

Even in her pain, Jackie took the time to send a handwritten note to the widow of Officer Tippit who was killed just 45 minutes after President Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Dear Mrs Tippit,

What can I say to you – My husband’s death is  responsible for you losing your husband. Wasn’t one life enough to take on that  day?

I lit a flame for Jack at Arlington  [Cemetery] that will burn forever. I consider that it burns for your husband too  and so will everyone who ever sees it.

With my inexpressible sympathy, Jacqueline  Kennedy

Jackie was only 31 years old when she became the First Lady.  She remained a classy lady throughout her life.  This letter to Mrs. Tippit exemplifies what a real lady Mrs. Kennedy really was.

The letter is now the property of the Kennedys.

The Tippits had a good day together.  Officer Tippit had been able to pop home for lunch.  His wife made him fried potatoes and a tuna sandwich.  He returned to work and was killed by Oswald.  His funeral was the same day as that of President Kennedy.



Senate triggers “Nuclear Option”


The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn Thursday, as Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare.

Saying that “enough is enough,” President Obama welcomed the end of what he called the abuse of the Senate’s advise and consent function, which he said had turned into “a reckless and relentless tool” to grind the gears of government to a halt.

While “neither party has been blameless for these tactics,” Obama said in a statement to reporters at the White House, “today’s pattern of obstruction . . . just isn’t normal; it’s not what our founders envisioned.” He cited filibusters against executive branch appointments and judicial nominees on grounds that he said were based simply on opposition to “the policies that the American people voted for in the last election.”

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