Presidential Parallels

There are now less than 100 days to go until the 2020 US presidential election.

A recently-published book reproduces the Anglo-American reporter, Alistair Cook’s, note of the “astonishing parallels” between the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and JFK:

Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846, Kennedy exactly 100 years later in 1946. Lincoln was elected President in November 1860, Kennedy in November 1960.

Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy who advised against his going to the theatre. Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln who advised him against going to Dallas.

Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and ran off into a warehouse; Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran off into a theatre.

Lincoln was succeeded by a southerner named Johnson, Kennedy was succeeded by a southerner named Johnson, the first Johnson was born in 1808, the second in 1908.

Source: Gimson’s Presidents: Brief Lives from Washington to Trump by Andrew Gimson.

blueprint brief – 28th July 2020

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