Kennedy was smarter and had better advisors.
I'm so old , I distinctly remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. My parents were very upset, my mother praying like it was the end of the world, the television tuned up to watch and listen to President Kennedy addressing the Nation, warning Khrushchev to stop banging his shoes on the podium, and so on. (The shoe incident wasn't part of it - just added that in for fun. What?) At the time, we were closer to nuclear war than anyone could imagine. It was a big, big deal. A serious crisis.
What's going on with North Korea?
So we are prepared for war, we have a fleet of ships over there, Pence visited the DMZ - is it real? There are growing threats of nuclear war, and life goes on. Trump doesn't address the nation, and someone is watching Dancing With the Stars instead.
While the big news locally is the anniversary of Prince's death and the investigation into his addiction to prescription drugs. They keep talking about it as if it was an addiction that happened accidentally. Like it's somehow different from recreational drug use. Maybe it started out because of over-prescribed pain medication, but like Michael Jackson's dependency, maybe that kind of blame-shift is really denial? Clinical denial.
I think we all must be in some sort of denial - drug induced, or not.