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Week of May 25th, - May 31st, 2007

Where is the President?

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  President John F. Kennedy and Gore Vidal were sitting together talking over dinner one evening in Hyannis. Vidal was the half-brother of Jackie and a successful author and playwright. JFK was also interested in writing, having penned 'Profiles in Courage' in 1955.
Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk

He asked Vidal how much he made for one of his works, his Geminian curiosity exploring fresh avenues of literary creativity. JFK's publication had selected eight historical colleagues and examined various acts of courage set against a framework of powerful political opposition. His own life as president attempted to forge a new national direction, one which was eventually to lead to his violent death. Profiles in Courage had gone on to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in '57, prior to Kennedy's run for the presidency in 1960.

  Gemini is a sign which deals with communication, whether in reading, writing, teaching, talking or oratory. JFK had his Sun and Mercury in Gemini, Uranus in Aquarius, and Libra rising, all air signs. Vidal's notes of the evening beautifully captured a visual snapshot of the two brothers conversing together, now lost forever in the twilight of Camelot.

  "Bobby took the letter from Jack and went off into a corner and read it. I have a vivid memory of the two furry heads together, a lamp back of them, as they murmured to each other in silhouette. It is chilling to think that all our lives were in their callow hands."

  While Vidal ate, "Jackie asked Jack to tell me the plot he had thought of for a movie. He says he has only the beginning. He gets into the White House elevator in the morning, the one that takes the President down from the private apartment to the main floor. The camera cuts to his office 'and there is Lyndon. Where is the president? No one knows.' He grins: 'It's just Lyndon and Sam [Rayburn] then.'"

  Palimpsest, p. 364

  Rayburn was a congressman who had taken LBJ under his wing and personally groomed him for office. Both LBJ and Rayburn were from Texas.

  Palimpsest, p. 358

The Two Brothers

The Two Brothers

  Was JFK's imagination a script, a dream or a future vision? "He says he has only the beginning." It would seem he had only the end.

  With Kennedy's Uranus in Aquarius, there was a strong independent streak combined with its vision for a new world order. This air sign combination looked not to build its legacy on military might or martial law. He envisioned his political candidacy and the 1960s as a frontier; but the vibration of the New Age was not quite ready to fully embrace the president. Having failed to provide air cover for the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and later negotiated with the Russians for the removal of nuclear arms from Cuba, some felt Kennedy was going soft on communism and must be removed. In the summer of '63 Kennedy spoke of his new vision at the American University in Washington.

  "What kind of a peace do I mean, and what kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana, forced on the world by American weapons of war. We must examine our own attitudes towards the Soviet Union. Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal."

  Say hello to the vision of the New Age.


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