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John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (d. 1963) was the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy was noted for his Cold War leadership, avoiding nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union while advancing the cause of civil rights at home and setting a goal of a manned Moon landing by the end of the Sixties.

His brother Robert F. Kennedy served as Attorney General.

During the World War II he met Eddie Blake. The two maintained a close friendship ever since, sharing their affection for rugby, playing matches together with his siblings and placing bets.[1]

During the first phase of the Vietnam War, Kennedy hoped that the existence of Dr. Manhattan ensured that American soldiers would not need to participate to the atrocities of the war.[2]

In 1962 he had to resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis and forbid Russian ships to approach Cuba.[3]

His wife, Jackie Kennedy, suggested that he had an affair with Janet Smith, and it is also suggested that the Comedian kiled her.[1]

Dr. Manhattan meets with him at the White House and notes that the President carefully avoids any mention of a superpowered intervention in Vietnam.

Blake had put a bet against the Giants with Kennedy. As the Giants won, Blake was supposed to buy him a steak dinner at Dunston's, in Dallas. However on his way there, he was stopped by the FBI as his services were requested.[1]

On November 22, 1963, Dr. Manhattan knows that Kennedy is going to be assassinated in Dallas, Texas, but feels it would be futile to try to prevent it, as it has already happened in Dr. Manhattan's altered awareness of time. Kennedy never gave the speech in Dallas in which he would refer to contemporary Americans being "the watchmen on the walls of world freedom."

Kennedy died in the Parland Hospital. His VP Lyndon B. Johnson took his office. The news of his death devastated both Moloch and the Comedian.[1]

His brother tried to continue his work and ran for a Senator and then for President.[4]

It is vaguely implied that The Comedian, in Dallas at the time minding then-former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, may have killed Kennedy. The film adaption does show The Comedian assassinating Kennedy in the opening credits. However, this is contradicted by Issue 1 of Before Watchmen: Comedian.

35th President of the United States
Preceded by
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
Succeeded by
Lyndon B. Johnson

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Before Watchmen: Comedian #01
  2. Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #01
  3. Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #02
  4. Before Watchmen: Comedian #02

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