Friday, December 19, 2014



Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Sixteen years ago today, December 19, 1998, the United States House of Representatives passed articles of impeachment against the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

There were two more articles which did not pass.  Those articles said that the President provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony in the Paula Jones case and had misused and abused his office by making perjurious, false and misleading statements to Congress.

The two articles which did pass were...

1. The president provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury regarding the Paula Jones case and his relations with Monica Lewinsky.

2. The president obstructed justice in an effort to delay, impede, cover up and conceal the existence of evidence relative to the Jones case.

The Washington Post reported that the House vote on these two articles was "virtually along party lines," with 5 Democrats voting FOR and 5 Republicans voting AGAINST Article  1 and 12 Republicans voting AGAINST and 5 Democrats FOR Article 2.

The trial was held in the United States Senate from January 7 through February 12, 1999.  The President was acquitted on both charges and completed his second term.

President Clinton in Knoxville
Civic Auditorium
Photo by John White (1996)


"Articles of Impeachment and Judiciary Committee Roll Call Votes, December 19, 1998,"


Palm Beach, Florida (JFK+50) Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., father of President John F. Kennedy, suffered a massive stroke here in Palm Beach 53 years ago today, December 19, 1961.

The elder Kennedy was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital where the stroke was diagnosed.

The 73 year old former Ambassador to the Court of St. James was on the golf course at the time he was stricken.

David Nasaw writes in "The Patriarch,"

"Joseph P. Kennedy had suffered an 'intracranial thrombosis,' a blood clot in the artery in the brain, which had triggered a massive stroke.  The clot was inoperable."

The stroke left Joe Sr. paralyzed on the right side of his body and  limited his speech to the single long, drawn out word "Nooooooooo."

Nasaw tells us that JPK was discharged from the hospital on January 8, 1962..."with no improvement in his paralysis" or ability to speak.  Despite being unable to talk, however, Joe Sr. "appeared to understand everything that was said to him (and) everything he heard or saw."

The Patriarch passed away at the age of 81 on November 18, 1969.  He had outlived 4 of his 9 children and lived days short of 6 years longer than JFK.

David Nasaw concludes his work on Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. with these words...

"(He) died peacefully in the place he loved more than any other, at Hyannis Port."


"Ambassador In Spite of Himself." by Thomas Mallen, December 31, 2000
"New York times On the Web"

"Joseph P. Kennedy: A Portrait of the Founder," by Richard J. Whalan, Fortune Classics, 1963.

"The Patriarch:  The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy," by David Nasaw, The Penguin Press, New York, 2012.

                   Joe Sr.'s Birthday
                       Hyannis Port
                  September 7, 1963
      Photo by Cecil W. Stoughton
                 JFK Library Photo