These Were JFK's Last Words
On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was sitting beside his wife Jackie in the back seat of a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible. John Connally, the Governor of Texas, and his wife Nellie were seated in front of them. Both couples waved to the crowds of cheering spectators as the presidential motorcade made its way through the streets of Dallas as part of a campaign visit.
At 12:30 p.m., bullets from Lee Harvey Oswald’s gun began raining down on the car, striking the president once in the upper back and once in the head. Kennedy slumped over onto his wife. He was pronounced dead at 1 p.m.
It’s been reported that JFK’s final words were, “My God, I’ve been hit,” but physicians have said this was impossible given his injuries. His last words on this Earth were actually far more mundane.
“Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,” she noted, referring to the size of the crowd.
“No, you certainly can’t,” Kennedy replied.
Seconds later there were gunshots, as Oswald opened fire from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.
Kennedy, of course, had no idea what was coming, or he probably would have said something more meaningful to his devoted wife of 10 years.
This month marks the 56th anniversary of JFK’s untimely death.