Portentious

I went back to the White House and talked to the President for a long time… As I was leaving, he said, making reference to Abraham Lincoln, “This is the night I should go to the theater.” I said, “If you go, I want to go with you.”

— Robert Kennedy, Thirteen Days

Takes place the afternoon Khrushchev accepted the offer that ended the Cuban missile crisis. By the time he wrote this, JFK had already been assassinated, so I guess RFK was aware of the grim irony of the president’s joke. In light of that, why would he have included his followup line?