The Presidents 2016: JFK
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Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, John F. Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. While maturation, as evidenced in the handling of the Cuban missile crisis, was apparent, the potential legacy of the New Frontier will forever be left to speculation.
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