The Presidency: The 35th: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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The great day was at hand, and all seemed ready. The White House and the dome of the Capitol shimmered under fresh coats of paint. Timetables had been meticulously planned; the parade, for example, would last two hours and 46 minutes, not a moment longer. The invitations had gone out; and from all the states of the Union swarmed victorious Democrats, rushing jubilantly from party to party, Andy Jacksons in black ties.

Then came the storm. The snow began to fall at noon, Jan. 19. It strangled Washington. Out like shattered glass...

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