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    SPEAKING FROM HIS HOSPITAL BED IN DALLAS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), TEXAS' GOVERNOR CONNALLY RECALLED THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY, WHEN HE TOO WAS SHOT BY THE KILLER.......

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    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: QUESTION: "GOVERNOR CONNALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR RECOLLECTIONS OF THAT TERRIBLE MOMENT WHEN YOU AND PRESIDENT KENNEDY WERE SHOT?"



    TRANSCRIPT: CONNALLY: "JUST BEFORE IT OCCURRED OF COURSE WE'D HAD A GREAT MORNING IN FORTH WORTH. A MAGNIFICENT BREAKFAST. HE SPOKE IN A SLIGHT DRIZZLE. WE MADE THE TRIP TO DALLAS WITH HUGE THRONGS ALONG THE WAY. WE GOT INTO DOWNTOWN DALLAS TO TREMENDOUS CROWD, REAL WARMTH, REAL UNDERSTANDING, REAL APPRECIATION, AND NELLIE AND I SAW IT SO VIVIDLY BECAUSE WE WERE RIDING IN THE CAR WITH THEM. WE DID NOT ATTEMPT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE OBVIOUS OVATION THAT THEY WERE GETTING BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT KENNEDY ..... THE RECEPTION WAS MAGNIFICENT. THE PRESIDENT HAD REMARKED ON IT. SO HAD MRS. KENNEDY. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I GUESS NOT 30 SECONDS BEFORE THE TRAGIC INCIDENT OCCURRED, NELLIE HAD TURNED TO THE PRESIDENT AND SAID: "MR. PRESIDENT, THEY CANNOT MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE NOT SOME IN DALLAS WHO LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU." AND HE SAID: "NO, THEY SURE CAN'T" WHEN WE HAD JUST TURNED THE CORNER. WE HEARD A SHOT. I TURNED TO MY LEFT -- I WAS SITTING IN THE FRONT SEAT. I TURNED TO MY LEFT TO LOOK IN THE BACK SEAT. THE PRESIDENT HAD SLUMPED. HE SAID NOTHING. ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY, AS I TURNED, I WAS HIT, AND I KNEW I'D BEEN HIT BADLY. I KNEW THE PRESIDENT HAD BEEN HIT AND I SAID: "MY GOD THEY'RE GOING TO KILL US ALL." AND THEN THERE WAS A THIRD SHOT AND THE PRESIDENT WAS HIT AGAIN. AND WE THOUGHT THEN VERY SERIOUSLY. I HAD STILL REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS, BUT THE PRESIDENT HAD SLUMPED IN MRS. KENNEDY'S LAP, AND WHEN HE WAS HIT THE SECOND TIME SHE SAID -- OR THE FIRST TIME, IT ALL HAPPENED IN SUCH A BRIEF TIME -- SHE SAID: "OH MY GOD THEY'VE FILLED MY HUSBAND.... JACK .... JACK." "THEN AFTER THE THIRD SHOT, THE NEXT THING THAT OCCURRED, THE CHAUFFEUR HAD PULLED OUT OF THE LINE. THEY SAID, "GET OUT OF HERE", ON THE RADIO, "GET US TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY." AND SO WE PULLED OUT, OF COURSE, AND , IMMEDIATELY, WE WENT AS FAST AS WE COULD GO TO GET THE HOSPITAL. IN THE SPACE OF A FEW SECONDS ITS UNBELIEVABLE WHAT CAN HAPPEN. MY HUMOUR WENT FROM GREAT JOY, ANTICIPATION, A WONDERFUL CROWD, WONDERFUL THRONG, TO GREAT SADNESS."




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    Background: SPEAKING FROM HIS HOSPITAL BED IN DALLAS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), TEXAS' GOVERNOR CONNALLY RECALLED THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY, WHEN HE TOO WAS SHOT BY THE KILLER.......

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    Film ID:
    VLVACC450A5X2R1PL0HS9F7J1IL86
    Media URN:
    VLVACC450A5X2R1PL0HS9F7J1IL86
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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