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November 14, 1961


JFK SPEAKS TO NATIONAL CULTURAL CENTER BOARD & ADVISORY COMMITTEE


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy spoke to the board of trustees & advisory committee of the National Cultural Center today.


JFK reaffirmed their goal of building a performing arts facility. 


The President said that the creation of a great cultural center in Washington is “a most important national responsibility.”*


Afterward, JFK attended a luncheon at the White House in honor of Chung Lee Park of Korea.  


Park had become the leader of Korea after a coup on May 16.


President Kennedy pledged continued economic aid to his country.


*The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened on September 8, 1971.  It hosts 2000 performances for over 2 million people yearly.


Designed by architect Edward Durrell Stone, the Kennedy Center is administered by a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution.



JFK Center for the Performing Arts
                 Washington, D.C.


November 14, 1963


JFK SAYS WE ARE BRINGING “SEVERAL HUNDRED” SOLDIERS HOME FROM VIETNAM


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) In his 64th news conference this morning at the State Department, President Kennedy was asked “in view of the current situation in South Vietnam, do you still expect to bring back 1000 troops before the end of the year?”


JFK answered:


“We are going to bring back several hundred before the end of the year, but..on the question of the exact number…we (will) wait until…November 20.”



On the question of the overall goal of the United States in Vietnam, JFK said:


“It is our object to bring Americans home, permit the South Vietnamese to maintain themselves as a free & independent country & permit democratic forces to operate.”


After his news conference, JFK attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony opening a new highway from Baltimore to Wilmington, Delaware.


November 14, 1959


SENATOR KENNEDY WRITES ABOUT THE IMPACT OF TELEVISION ON POLITICS


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy’s article on the impact of television on politics appeared in “TV Guide” today.



                           www.museum.tv


The Senator says that television has the power to bring the campaign directly to the voter & thus demonstrate the contrast between candidates.


JFK argues that the candidate of “honesty, vigor, compassion & intelligence” will trump the “slick or bombastic orator pounding on the table & ringing the rafters.”


JFK writes:


“Nothing compares with the revolutionary impact of television.  TV has altered drastically the nature of our political campaigns, conventions, constituents, candidates & costs.”


The Senator does, however, admit that if Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Abraham Lincoln & FDR were President during the age of TV, they would have been “tremendously effective”.


In summation, Senator Kennedy puts the ball firmly in the TV viewers’ court:


“It is in your power to perceive deception, to shut off gimmickry, to reward honesty, to demand legislation where needed.  Without your approval, no TV show is worthwhile & no politician can exist.”


November 14, 1959


SENATOR KENNEDY SPEAKS IN MILWAUKEE


Milwaukee, Wisconsin (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy spoke to delegates of the Wisconsin State Democratic Convention meeting in Milwaukee today.


The Massachusetts Senator said bluntly that a new presidential administration will be required to implement programs that will enable the United States to “catch up” with the USSR.










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