JFK Assassination: LBJ, Nixon, Ike Comment in 1963

PHOTO: American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy speaks at a press conference in Washington, February 1962.
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President John F. Kennedy has been the subject of a great many historical tomes and memoirs, but in the days following his death it was the spoken words of his friends and colleagues which Americans experienced by way of television. Partisan politics were temporarily put aside to honor the life and service of the 35th president of the United States. (Click each title to see video on mobile devices.)

VIDEO: Lyndon Baines Johnson comments on the death of President Kennedy.
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Lyndon Johnson traveled to Texas as vice president, but returned to the nation's capital on the evening of November 22 as its commander-in-chief. His first public remarks about President Kennedy's assassination were delivered on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base.

VIDEO: Secretary Rusk comments on the death of President Kennedy.
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Secretary of State Dean Rusk was flanked by other members of Kennedy's White House cabinet when he recalled the deceased president's "gallantry and wisdom." He also referred to Lyndon Johnson as "one of our greatest Americans" and asked the nation to support the new president.

VIDEO: Richard Nixon reacts to the death of President Kennedy.
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Kennedy's Republican opponent during the 1960 election issued a brief statement after the fatal shooting. In honoring President Kennedy's memory, Richard Nixon called on Americans to "reduce the hatred that drives men to such terrible deeds."

VIDEO: Dwight Eisenhower comments on the death of President Kennedy.
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The president that preceded Kennedy in the White House spoke to reporters in New York City. The 73-year-old Eisenhower blamed a "psychopathic" action for taking the president's life.

VIDEO: Harry Truman comments on the death of President Kennedy.
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The former president was at Washington's National Airport when the press caught up with him. Truman, 77, referred to Kennedy as a "good man" and described the president's killer as "good-for-nothing fellow."

VIDEO: Martin Luther King Jr. comments on the death of President Kennedy.
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King described President Kennedy as "a friend to the cause of civil rights." When asked about death threats made on his own life, the activist and clergyman said that he decided to continue his work "even if it means death."

VIDEO: Governor George Wallace comments on the death of President Kennedy.
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The governor of Alabama put himself at odds with Kennedy when he sought to preserve segregation in his state. It was the death of the president that made Wallace's words of consolation, and not political opposition, possible.

VIDEO: Historian Theodore H. White reacts to the death of President Kennedy.
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"The Making of the President, 1960" author remembered Kennedy for his "kindliness." The Pulitzer Prize-winning White would later go on to write an essay for Life magazine which, at the urging of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, likened the Kennedy presidency to the fictional court of Camelot.

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