Let Me Finish: On a Friday morning in the fall of 1963, an American president traveled through Texas trying figure the state out.
What made Dallas so right-wing, he kept asking the two men in the car with him that drizzly Friday morning in November. Why were they attacking him as a “traitor?” Why were they spitting on his people?
One of his hosts, Congressman Jim Wright of Fort-Worth laid it on the right-wing press in Dallas.
Governor John Connelly, the other politician in the car with the visiting president, chalked it up to the economy. Unlike a city like Fort-Worth, a city of stockyards and factory floors, where the visiting president had just been warmly cheered, the city of Dallas was filled with white-collar office buildings. People there all wanted to make it to the higher floor, wanted to move up in their insurance and financial companies. They were voting the way their bosses voted, voting their aspirations to get to the next floor.
Who knows what makes one city so different from another? Jack Kennedy was just trying to sort it all out. He was living the life of an American politician, trying to figure things out politically, trying to figure out what it was the water down that made some people so viciously right wing.
An hour later he was gone.
Next week, my book comes out, “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.” It answers the question that we all want answered when we read a biography. “What was he like?”
To answer it, I’ve gone to the oral histories and other accounts of people who went to school with him, fought in World War II with him, hung out with him as a close friend, lived the rough political life with him, watched him grow from rich kid to the leader who saved us from a nuclear war in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
I received a call from an old political pal of Jack’s. He’d just finished the book. He said I brought Jack Kennedy back alive.
It’s what I wanted to do, what I’m asking you to do – help me do it.
You can order a copy now of “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.” There’ll be a lot of excitement about the book next week. I’m asking you to order one now and discover what I’ve discovered: how we once had a hero for a president - one with much to teach our current one.