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What If Kennedy Lived? — Reporting from a Parallel Universe

Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:15 pm

Imagine tuning into "Meet the Press" in a parallel universe — the one where President John F. Kennedy was shot at in Dallas in 1963, but the bullets missed.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, the question is asked: What if JFK had lived? Based on a controversial new book that you can find at

Through improvised words and re-purposed images, this multimedia short film is presented as a simulated "Roundtable" from a Sunday morning news show in an alternative universe. This is the world where JFK lived on past Dallas, fought for re-election and then battled through a political crisis. In this video, you'll be listening to guests on a 2013 talk show discussing JFK's legacy as they know it in their parallel reality.

This is a mind-bending trip to a world where John Kennedy woke up in the White House on November 23, 1963 and realized that the day before he'd been targeted for execution on a public street in broad daylight before a global television audience. Life, in this situation, simply would not have pinged back to normal.

The video is inspired by the new novel, "Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?" That book assumes that subsequent investigations would have led inexorably to a conflict between the conspirators and the Kennedys. After failing to physically murder JFK, the masterminds would turn to the tools of character assassination, fueled by secret lives and covert files.

This video is topical, relevant, educational and controversial. It is also quite clearly political commentary, and is thereby protected under fair use doctrines. Even so, we have prioritized the use of public domain images to craft and present this unique statement about the Kennedy presidency. We hope it contributes to the public dialogue in the electorate on the 50th anniversary of his assassination; about what happened, why, and how life might have turned out if John Kennedy survived Dallas.