Monday, November 4, 2013

JFK, Jackie, and Their Hats

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 1961 file photo, President John F. Kennedy leaves the White House in Washington to Andrews Air Force Base for flight to Palm Beach, Fla. en route to the bedsite of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, who is hospitalized after suffering as stroke. Kennedy's civil rights legacy has undergone substantial reassessment since his 1963 assassination. Half a century later, "We're still trying to figure it out," says one longtime civil rights activist. (AP Photo/WJS)

JFK looks uncharacteristically somber in this photo, and though I'm not sure why, I can't help but wonder if it has anything to do with that hat! Although hats were fashionable during JFK's time, he hated them. Unlike the average male his age, JFK wasn't balding, so he was proud--perhaps arrogant about--showing off his famous Kennedy-weave. Check out footage from the inauguration. JFK's wearing a suit with tails...and carrying a hat. Even though it Washington was covered with snow and temperatures were in the 20s, JFK passed on donning the hat, especially during his inaugural address.

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