Even after his untimely death, John F. Kennedy, popularly known as JFK, is still one of the most talked about figures in American politics.
In 1960, Kennedy won the presidential race against Richard Nixon and went on to become the 35th President of the United States. However, his term was short-lived when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963.
Kennedy left behind a legacy that changed America forever including his contribution to the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Revenue Act of 1964.
If he had been alive today, JFK would’ve been 100-years-old on May 29th so to commemorate the former President’s centennial, his daughter Caroline and grandchildren shared a touching and inspiring video message.
In the video, Caroline, Kennedy’s only surviving child, is joined by her children, Tatiana, Rose and Jack Schlossberg to reflect on JFK’s legacy 50 years after his death.
Caroline shared a few fond memories about growing up with JFK, while her children offered some thoughts on their famous grandfather and what he’d be like if he was living under today’s political climate.
«He is a historical figure,» said Caroline. «One hundred years is a really long time, but I think his legacy and these values are timeless and they live on.»
The proud Kennedy clan revealed shared some very touching details about their grandfather’s life.
Caroline talked about her close relationship with her late father including hiding under his desk in the Oval office and their sailing adventures aboard the Honey Fitz.
«I’ve thought about him and missed him every day of my life,» said Caroline.
“He would point out the white shark and the purple shark who always followed the boat, although I could never quite see them,” she added. «He would say they especially liked to eat socks and would have his friends throw their socks overboard, which I loved.»
Although Caroline’s children never got the chance to meet their legendary grandfather, it is evident in the video that his actions and beliefs have greatly inspired their lives.
«One of the defining relationships of my life is with someone I’ve never met, my grandfather, President John F. Kennedy,» Tatiana said in the video.
Her sister, Rose, believes that their grandfather would’ve been proud of how far the nation has come «but he would be the first to tell us we have a long way to go» because there are still issues of inequality and injustice that need to be resolved.
Find out what more they have to say in the video from the John F. Kennedy Library below:
President Kennedy's family reflects on his 100th birthday
Watch Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her children, Rose, Tatiana, and Jack, reflect on how 100 years after his birth, their father and grandfather continues to inspire others to work, fight, and believe in a better world. #JFK100
Posted by John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Mittwoch, 24. Mai 2017