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JFK Voices: One Family's Exchange With The King And Queen Of Camelot

Nov 18, 2013

 As a child in London, 93-year-old Daphne Silwood was taken to see royalty whenever the public was invited. So as a supporter of President John F. Kennedy, she didn't think twice about taking her two kids out of school to see the First Couple at Love Field. What happened at the fence would stay with her for 50 years.

Interview Highlights

On seeing John F. Kennedy and the First Lady in person:

I’ve never forgotten how beautiful they both looked. They looked absolutely, stunningly handsome and beautiful. And they both came down smiling and they looked so youthful. They were young people in the prime of their lives. And they were happy, and it was just wonderful to see them – it uplifted everybody and everybody was so excited.

On her exchange with Kennedy:

He headed straight over for us.  We were all – we couldn’t say a word. We were dumbfounded with delight… And all I could say was, “God bless you Mr. President.”… And afterwards, I realized, you know, that was probably the last time anybody said that to him.

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