John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (d. 1963) was the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy was noted for his Cold War leadership, avoiding nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union while advancing the cause of civil rights at home and setting a goal of a manned Moon landing by the end of the Sixties.
His brother Robert F. Kennedy served as Attorney General.
Blake had put a bet against the Giants with Kennedy. As the Giants won, Blake was supposed to buy him a steak dinner at Dunston's, in Dallas. However on his way there, he was stopped by the FBI as his services were requested.
On November 22, 1963, Dr. Manhattan knows that Kennedy is going to be assassinated in Dallas, Texas, but feels it would be futile to try to prevent it, as it has already happened in Dr. Manhattan's altered awareness of time. Kennedy was cut down by bullets as his motorcade approached downtown Dallas. Kennedy never gave the speech in Dallas in which he would refer to contemporary Americans being "the watchmen on the walls of world freedom."
His brother tried to continue his work and ran for a Senator and then for President.
It is vaguely implied that The Comedian, in Dallas at the time minding then-former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, may have killed Kennedy. The film adaption does show The Comedian assassinating Kennedy in the opening credits. However, this is contradicted by Issue 1 of Before Watchmen: Comedian.
His death inspired the Simon and Garfunkel song "The Sound of Silence", which is played in the Watchmen film during the Comedian's funeral.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
|John F. Kennedy|
January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
Lyndon B. Johnson