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Editor says, what if Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. had been elected President in 1956? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 1961,on this day the President of the United States Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. was given the Last Rites at the St Mary's Hospital after suffering a major stroke on the golf course of the West Palm Beach Country Club that left him paralyzed and mute but mentally alert.
Profiles in Courage #2He had been due to fly to Bermuda for a meeting with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Instead Vice President Stuart Symington was sworn in on-board Air Force One.
Kennedy was elected on a wave of patriotism that was fanned by the tragic story of his personal sacrifices during the war. Both of his eldest sons had perished in the conflict; Joe died when a drone aircraft experiment went tragically wrong and younger brother Jack killed when his Military Torpedo Boat PT-109 was rammed by a Japanese destroyer.
Because he had served as Secretary of the Air Force, Kennedy considered Symington to be a complementary choice for the VP slot. Unfortunately, Symington had a rather narrow definition of patriotism and suffered from his own form of muteness. A divisive figure, he had lost votes in the South for refusing to address a segregated audience prior to the 1960 election. And now he would enter the White House at a critical moment when the issue of Civil Rights was just about to dominate the domestic agenda. This article is based upon an article post by Robbie Taylor.