November 21st, 2013
07:12 AM ET
11 months ago

Now-tea party congressman was one of last to shake Kennedy's hand

Washington (CNN) - Texas Republican Congressman Roger Williams was especially stunned as he sat in school on November 22, 1963, and heard President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Earlier that morning, he stood outside the Fort Worth Hotel with his mother and shook the President's hand right before he got on a plane and flew to Dallas.

"I literally was the last person to shake his hand as he left the hotel," Williams told CNN. He was 14 years old at the time.

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  1. Data Driven

    "He admits his conservative leanings differ from JFK's, but Williams believes he has a lot in common politically with things Kennedy pushed in office, citing tax cuts, a strong military, and a message that the U.S. is the dominant world power."

    Oh quit claiming JFK as one of your own, conservatives. You hated his guts then, and you would hate him now if he was still around. He's not yours. He belongs to the liberals.

    Go play with Reagan or something.

    November 21, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I was picking apples in the backyard tree when my mother, who was in the kitchen, screamed out, "He's been shot!"

    November 21, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |