President Lyndon B. Johnson President John F. After Kennedy's assassination, he took the oath of office aboard Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Jackie is tickled in such a way that he is hiding the blood on his coat.
It's the perfect image that depicts the American pain of the time, the quick need for uninterrupted succession, and yet, in that relatively desperate moment, there is still a focus on the brightness and optics of how the whole thing is presented.
For the inauguration, twenty-seven people squeezed into Air Force One's sixteen-foot square stateroom for the proceedings. Adding to the inconvenience was the lack of air conditioning as the aircraft was immediately disconnected from the external power supply to take off. As the inauguration proceeded, four of Air Force One's jet engines were being operated.
The Warren Commission report details the inauguration: "From the presidential airplane, the new president called on Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who advised that Mr. Johnson take the oath of office before the plane left Dallas. Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes arrived on the plane to administer the oath.
Members of the presidential and vice-presidential parties filled the central compartment of the aircraft to watch the swearing-in. 2:38 pm. CST, Lyndon Baines Johnson took the oath of office as the 36th President of the United States of America. When taking the oath of office, Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Johnson stood by the side of the new president. Nine minutes later, the president's airplane landed in Washington, D.C. left for.