AP reported a genuinely new JFK story on Sunday. It turns out that JFK met informally with members of Mexican-American civil rights group in Houston the day before his death. It was the first time an American president had ever recognized Latinos as a voting bloc. First Lady Jackie Kennedy spoketo the group in Spanish. JFK had learned of his wife’s political appeal to Spanish speakers when her speeches charmed Mexico City during JFK’s successul trip there in June 1962.
While many observers said that strong support among Latinos helped President Obama win re-election, Ignacio Garcia, author of “Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in Search of Camelot” and a history professor at Brigham Young University, said “The Latino vote did not come of age the night Obama was re-elected. It came of age Nov. 21, 1963.”