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Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer Remembers the Kennedy Assassination


Bob Schieffer (CBS)

Bob Schieffer (CBS)

Flags are flying at half-staff and ceremonies are being held across the country honoring President John F. Kennedy. He was assassinated in Dallas 50-years ago today.

A military bugler played taps, and the eternal flame flickered at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington DC.

The president's last living sibling, Jean Kennedy Smith, took part in a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.

In Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where Kennedy was killed, thousands are gathered to remember the city's darkest day.

"It was an easy shot."

Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer was a 26-year-old reporter working the police beat at the Fort Worth Star Telegram the day shots fired from a window of what's now the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas.

"A woman called in and said is there anyone to give me a ride to Dallas. And I said, lady we don't run a taxi here, besides the President has been shot. I almost hung up the phone. And she said I heard it on the radio. I think my son is the one who has been arrested. It was Lee Harvey Oswald's mother."

Schieffer picked her up.

"She never in that ride expressed ever one bit of sympathy for the president. It was all about her. And it was truly one of the most bizarre things I've ever encountered."

Schieffer pretended to be a detective, and sat with Maurgerite Oswald for hours at the police station until he was kicked out right before Lee Harvey Oswald was allowed to see his mother.

"That was the biggest interview I almost got but didn't."

Schieffer says the Kennedy assassination shattered the nation's confidence and caused Americans to question everything.

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