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Why Americans can’t get over that long-ago day in Dallas

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We cannot get past it, we Americans. Not a half century later. Maybe not even ever.

The president with the easy grin in whom so much hope was invested. His wife, forever frozen in pink and pillbox hat. The motorcade. The sunny day. The shadowy man in the window with a rifle. Even more shadowy, the man on the nearby “grassy knoll” who perhaps existed, perhaps didn’t. The flickering, silent color film of a leader’s final moments. And the way…

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