November 22, 1963, and the young president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, is traveling through the streets of Dallas in a convertible beside his wife, Jackie. Cheering crowds line their route. Kennedy chats happily with the others in the car. Suddenly, the mood changes as gunshots ring out. By the end of the day, Jackie is a widow, and she’s left haunted by JFK’s last words.
Late in 1963, President Kennedy faced troubles in the Democratic Party in Texas. On the one side were liberals such as the unrelated Yarboroughs, Don and Ralph, while on the other was the conservative state governor, John Connally. So at a June meeting with Connally and his vice president, Lyndon B. Johnson – a native Texan – he agreed to make a presidential visit to the Lone Star State.