Published January 20, 2011
On this 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s electric inaugural address, Bostonians have more ways to pay tribute.
The state on Wednesday reopened the Beacon Hill plaza where a statue of JFK stands. The plaza, located below the governor’s office, has been off-limits to visitors since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Access is still limited, though. Only visitors on an official State House tour will be able to have a close-up look at Jack’s statue.
Just once over the past decade, the AP reports, did officials briefly re-open the site: following the death of JFK’s brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in 2009.
If you would rather pay tribute from the comfort of your living room, Comcast is now streaming Kennedy-era footage to viewers — including the inaugural address.
You can watch Kennedy’s Jan. 2, 1960, press conference to announce his candidacy — can you imagine a candidate waiting that long nowadays? — and the pivotal Nixon-Kennedy debates.
The material is available on Comcast’s “On Demand” channel until Feb. 25. Select the “Top Picks” menu and then “JFK 50 Years.”