@ 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 21, 1963, Caroline Kennedy kissed her daddy goodbye. At 9:55 JFK wrote letters to two fatherless Texas children.
At 10:42 a.m. JFK received an updated Texas weather report
@ 11:00 a.m. on November 21, 1963 Jack Kennedy embraced John-John, who was four days shy of his third birthday, inside the helicopter beside AF One. "I want to come", the toddler said. "You can't", POTUS replied
The Kennedy's left him in the chopper because the media were on the airstrip. JFK kissed his namesake. He patted the boys trembling shoulders in the tiny London Fog, telling Secret Svc kiddie detail agent Bob Foster, "You take care of John, Mr. Foster"
Foster thought this was unusual. He took the child in his lap in the presidential seat, trying to divert him w/ accounts of Bertram The Beaver & "Jaggy The Jaguar". Then the toddler watched Aircraft 26000 lift into the sky over Andrews, which he always dug
That morning 5,000 handbills materialized on the streets of Big D, bearing JFK's likeness face front, & profile. Inscribed on it in boldface, "WANTED FOR TREASON". Seven points of contention followed
@ 4:05 p.m. on 11/21/63, JFK inspects the oxygen chamber at Brooks AFB in San Antonio (4 youths in the tax breathing pure oxygen):
At 4:52 p.m. Air Force One left San Antonio's Kelly Field:

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