The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum reopened last December, after a year-long and $10 million renovation. It’s an impressive place and I’ll go as far as to say that all Americans should visit: LBJ was responsible for muscling through so many laws that define today’s political reality: Medicare, Medicaid just to name a couple biggies in the Great Society initiatives.

Still, I was the most moved by the exhibit that focused on the first day that LBJ became president, which was the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Two hours and eight minutes, later in fact, on Air Force One, in Love Field in Dallas.

For me, it’s hard to look at anything in this photograph besides the expression on Jackie Kennedy’s face.

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Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, in the photo archives of the LBJ library.

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