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November 20th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Kennedy assassination witness: It was graphic, right in front of us

One of the few known living witnesses to President Kennedy’s assassination, Toni Glover, came on the show to share her memories of that fateful day with Brooke. She explains why she wanted to go down and see the President that day and how the assassination affected her.

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  1. musings

    I am two years older than Toni Glover and everything she says is particularly moving. Her description of being in a dysfunctional family where she sought the healing wave of an adored President is so understandable. Then to have him murdered in her sight, and to see the First Lady so pathetically vulnerable – I think she must have Glover must have crossed a threshold to adulthood at that very moment. To pity those of status and power all at once, after seeking their benediction, to realize they are mortal like ourselves – well I think in a compassionate heart like hers that memory is forever safe.

    November 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
  2. jrvinnh

    Lee Harvey Oswald came from a dysfunctional family as well. His mother once told him her life would be better if he had never been born. His mother moved around a lot and Lee had no stability in his early life and no friends. He spent time living in orphanages and wandering the streets of New York City. His bad childhood left it's mark on him. He once said to a psychologist treating him, "I hate everybody". I once spoke to someone who knew him who said, "He was a mean man. A very mean man."

    If Oswald didn't have the childhood that he did, he might have been up in the Schoolbook Depository waving at JFK like everyone else instead of shooting at him.

    November 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    l like both of the previous comments. Very insightful. The first one, a wonderful tribute to how deeply JFK touched us. I remember telling my mother to vote for him because he was cute. I was four at the time, but I also thought he was a majestic man and should be president. Toni Glover reflects that confidence he instilled in people. He was a great leader who has retained the admiration of people from both parties for over fifty years.

    December 3, 2013 at 2:00 am |
  4. Joe M

    Oswald was a wannabe communist big shot. He expected the Soviet Union to treat him like a hero when he defected there. They didn't. He became disillusioned and came to believe that the true revolutionaries are in Cuba. A few weeks before the assassination he travelled to Mexico City and attempted to defect to Cuba. They didn't want him. It is unknown whether anyone there put him up to this, we'll never know. But he came back from Mexico determined to make a name for himself in the supposed eyes of the communists. He wanted to show them how important he really was. Sometimes that's all the motivation someone needs. The tragedy is that such an opportunity came to him so soon. A rare assassination in that the target came to the shooter (at his job) rather than the shooter going to the target.

    December 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  5. Robert

    Yes, JFK's assassination was a tragedy and yes, we all loved JFK, but I think the Democrats showcasing this is not from sincere mourning. Rather, I think they're shamelessly using JFK's murder to further their own careers by milking it every chance they get, and their actions stink.

    December 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  6. Reaper

    It appears that many people still get their JFK history from the movie.

    December 10, 2013 at 12:16 am |
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    Although none of the posters here realize it, nor does the writer or subject of the article, but the JFK shooting mystery has been solved.

    Many have worked very hard to fool Americans but that is about to end. It turns out to solve the case, you have to first be realistic. There are two possiblities in the JFK assassination:

    1. The US gov't was right, one shooter fired three shots and killled JFK
    2. A powerful conspiracy killed JFK and the US government worked very hard to hide the truth.

    If you were going to consider possibility #2, why would anyone use evidence the US government provided? To solve the case, you would have to only use evidence the US government COULD NOT HAVE FORGED. That is the main reason this mystery has not been solved before, nearly everyone accepts almost all of the US government's fairy tales. Ignore the lies and the truth will emerge. The proof shows Oswald did not kill JFK, it was impossible for him to have done it. You can know the truth but first you need to learn how to think without CNN and others telling you all of the answers. They aren't lying, they just have no idea how easy it is to fool the press.

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