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Visitors to JFK grave mourn loss, way things were

Lament a lack of statesmanlike leadership in D.C.

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the glow of history, the president buried beneath the eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery represents the full promise of leadership — part reality, part myth — against which today’s politics are inevitably, unflatteringly, compared.

“He was a leader,” said Darryl Spears, a 49-year-old data analyst from Montgomery, Ala., who stood by John F. Kennedy’s grave on Tuesday. “We don’t have those anymore.”

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