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Watch Rare Footage of JFK Playing With His Children Just a Week Before His Death

The clip is part of the HBO documentary 'The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee.'
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In this exclusive clip from the new documentary The Newspaperman, you can see John F. Kennedy playing with his children at the Kennedy family farm in Virginia. Caroline Kennedy rides Macaroni and John F. Kennedy Jr. plays with family friend Ben Bradlee, the legendary editor of the Washington Post.

In a voiceover, Bradlee recalls this weekend visit as the last time he saw JFK alive; just a week later he would travel to Texas where he was fatally shot. Bradlee and his wife were visiting the President and his family for a relaxed weekend—the adults were drinking Bloody Marys on the patio, the kids were riding and playing on their swingset. None of them knew it might be the final time they'd all be together.

The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee tells the fascinating story of Bradlee's career at the Post, his friendship with the Kennedys, and his leadership of the paper through the controversy surrounding the Pentagon Papers and the Post's exposure of the Watergate scandal that eventually led to President Nixon's resignation.

The documentary is streaming now on HBO.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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