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Hess Discusses Nixon's Reaction to the Kennedy Assassination

REUTERS/Cecil Stoughton/The White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library- Former United States President John F. Kennedy sits as his desk in the Oval Office while his son, John F. Kennedy Jr., looks out from underneath, at the White House in Washington in this handout image taken on October 17, 1963. November 22, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.

In the hours after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Brookings Senior Fellow Steve Hess met with and advised future-President Richard Nixon about that day’s events. In an interview, Hess recounts how both he and Nixon found out about the assassination of the president. He recounts Richard Nixon’s emotional reaction both for the loss of a president and the understanding that he could have been the target, had the prior election turned out differently.  The interview shows the true impact of the Kennedy assassination, even among JFK’s most vocal political opponents.

This video was shot by the Daily Telegraph as part of a project on recollections of the JFK assassination

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