Ignoring fears for his safety, the late President John F. Kennedy refused to give up his love for riding through crowded streets with the roof down. It cost him his life in Dallas.
In 2018, security surrounding government officials, diplomats, and especially heads of state, is so intense - one would never see a person of political interest parading through a town in a convertible.
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Hence the question often arises: why would government aides allow President Kennedy ride around in an open-top car? Well, the answer is that the beloved political figure simply wouldn't have it any other way.
Before he was elected to office, the Massachusetts native would often be found enjoying the views in the back of a convertible come rain, hail, or shine.
According to Canada's The Globe and The Mail outlet, the future President and his pal rode through Europe exclusively in a Ford convertible, after completing their first year of studies at Harvard University, in the summer of 1937.
When he won a seat on Capitol Hill in 1947, his primary mode of transportation was...you guessed it, a convertible.
Apparently, when former Irish president Eamon de Valera saw Kennedy stand up in his limousine to wave to the huge Dublin crowds, he remarked "what an easy target" the political figure would have been.
Of course, the most infamous footage of Kennedy riding in an open-top car, unfazed, came during his fateful visit to Dallas on November 22, 1963 (above and below.)