Robert F. Kennedy Jr., now nearly 50 years since the death of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, has come forward to criticize the Warren Commission report on the Kennedy shooting, calling it a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.” He advanced these remarks in an interview Friday night to CBS host Charlie Rose. No historical incident has had as great an array of conspiracy theories put forward as that fatal shooting in November of 1963.
John F. Kennedy, well-loved and highly respected president of the United States, was shot to death while riding with his wife, Jacqueline, in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. None who were then alive will ever forget those highly emotional days. All media that day halted as it was announced that the president had been shot. The nation was in attendance as doctors at Parkland Hospital tried in vain to address the cruel wound to Kennedy's throat and a massive, bleeding gouge in the back and side of his head. The president's death was announced at 1:36 P.M. CST. On reaching the hospital short moments after the shooting, doctors said he was "Critically ill... moribund and near death."
John Kennedy, rugged and youthful, will perhaps be best remembered for his brave stand in 1962, when it was discovered that the Soviet Union was constructing missile sites on the Island of Cuba. Kennedy kept America’s knowledge of the installation secret for several days while he met with advisors. The presidential team decided on a blockade, a ring of ships, around Cuba to end the incoming armaments. He warned Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev that the missiles must be removed. Americans at this time felt war was imminent. Then, recognizing the potential for nuclear war, the Soviets began dismantling the structures in exchange for a pledge that there would be no U.S. invasion of Cuba.
At the time of the standoff with the Soviet Union, JFK's wife, Jackie, was staying at their weekend house in Virginia, when he called her, asking her to come home. Biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. reports that the first lady could “…tell that something was wrong." "Why don’t you come back to Washington?” her husband asked, without explanation. When she learned that the Soviets were installing missiles aimed at American cities in Cuba, she begged her husband not to send her away. “If anything happens, we’re all going to stay right here with you,” she says she told him in October 1962. “I just want to be with you, and I want to die with you, and the children do, too — than live without you.”