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    Presidents Obama, Clinton to Pay Tribute to JFK

    This Nov. 22, 1963 file photo shows President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy upon their arrival at Dallas Airport shortly before President Kennedy was assassinated. This Nov. 22, 1963 file photo shows President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy upon their arrival at Dallas Airport shortly before President Kennedy was assassinated.
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    This Nov. 22, 1963 file photo shows President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy upon their arrival at Dallas Airport shortly before President Kennedy was assassinated.
    This Nov. 22, 1963 file photo shows President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy upon their arrival at Dallas Airport shortly before President Kennedy was assassinated.
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    President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy by laying a wreath near his grave site on Wednesday.

    First Lady Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will take part in the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington.

    It will be part of a week of events remembering the nation's 35th president, assassinated at the age of 46.

    The White House says Obama will also pay tribute to the slain president at a Wednesday dinner honoring the 2013 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    The medal is the highest U.S. civilian award. The annual awards were initiated by Kennedy.

    This year's recipients include former President Clinton, talk show host Oprah Winfrey and the late Sally Ride, an astronaut.

    Kennedy, a popular U.S. president, was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. His abrupt and violent death was one of the most traumatic events in U.S. history.

    Investigators said Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. However, conspiracy theories have persisted over the years.

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    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    November 18, 2013 12:05 AM
    Before the 50th anniversary of husband's assasination, Arrival of Caroline Kennedy at Narita airport on November 15 was frequently reported on media and welcomed by most of the Japanese. While it is argued also in Japan if she could accomplish her missions as an ambasador with less practice on deplomacy, many critics assess and expect her to be able to advance deep tie and close relations between the two countries. It was also reported JFK had favored Japan and planned to visit Japan as the first incumbent American president just before he was killed. The shocking video crip of his last in Dallas was the first one broadcasted from the US to Japan over satellite in 1966. Thank you.

    by: Bearman from: U.S.A.
    November 17, 2013 6:06 PM
    President Obama would do well to remember what President Kennedy said. "Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country." It is not the duty of government to provide everything for it's citizenry. On another short note, JFK was a life member of the NRA.

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