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Think About It Thursday June 6, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlawordsmithblog @ 11:17 pm



Over the weekend a friend of mine told me how much he was enjoying the book “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly. I asked him if he was going to also read Mr. O’Reilly’s “Killing Lincoln” and he said probably. It got me thinking about the famous similarities between the two U.S. presidents so I thought I’d share them today to give you, and anyone who’s not heard them, something to think about.


Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.


Lincoln was elected president in 1860.
Kennedy was elected president in 1960.


Both Lincoln and Kennedy were particularly concerned with civil rights.


Both Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy lost children while living in the White House.


Both presidents were shot on a Friday.


Both presidents were shot in the head.


Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.

Both Lincoln and Kennedy were succeeded in office by a man with the last name Johnson.


Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.


John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1939.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.


Both assassins were known by their three names and both of their names consisted of 15 letters.


Lincoln was shot in a theatre and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.

Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theatre.


Both Oswald and Booth were assassinated before their trials.



Coincidence? Creepy? Astounding? Amazing? What do you think?



Also, have any of you read “Killing Lincoln” or “Killing Kennedy?” Would love your thoughts.


Thanks for reading my blog!


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