I happened upon a very interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times today by Gerald Posner. Some previously-unknown home movies of John F. Kennedy's motorcade in Dallas have surfaced. The movies show the Presidential limousine passing the cameraman about 90 seconds before it made that infamous turn past the Texas book depository and passed into destiny.
I hope the movie makes Oliver Stone livid. I won't go into all the specifics, but it turns out that a bullet hole in JFK's shirt and jacket at the back of his neck is one of the lynch pins of the "magic bullet" conspiracy theory that ol' Ollie had Kevin Costner go on and on about in JFK. The hole was too low, the conspiracy theorists said. It must have been made by another bullet from another gunman. Well, the film clearly shows that JFK's shirt and jacket were bunched up by the car seat toward his head.
Beyond all that, the film is beautiful. It captures some of the best images of Jackie Kennedy taken on that day in her pink coat and pillbox hat. Seeing that, I get a flash of what must have been so exciting about the heady days of Camelot. They were a beautiful couple... even knowing now about what their private lives were like. There was a glamor, an energy about them that seems seems in the flat, poorly dressed politicians and policy wonks of today. Rest in peace, Jack and Jackie... you are beyond our crushing grasp now, except in our fading memories.
on 2007-02-21 at 7:10 p.m.
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