In a column published on the anniversary of his assassination, President Riggs shares her thoughts regarding John F. Kennedy's legacy.
From the Huffington Post:
I remember the day clearly.
It was my father's birthday. I was in 3rd grade, and our teacher had wheeled in the TV cart for our weekly French lesson. Not long into the lesson, the show was interrupted with the announcement that the president had been shot.
My classmates and I were sent out on the playground for recess. My guess is that the teachers were overcome with grief and needed some time to collect their thoughts. Then my friend's mother picked us up from school, and I remember a sense of pervasive sadness.
November 22, 1963 is a date that lives in the hearts and minds of my generation. We can all remember where we were when we heard the news that JFK had been shot. The 50th anniversary of that tragic day in Dallas has led many of us to think back to that moment and consider the legacy of Kennedy's brief presidency.