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HOW LYNDON GOT ON THE TICKET II

MAY 30, 2012

HOW LYNDON GOT ON THE TICKET II


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 7 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 7 is HOW LYNDON GOT ON THE TICKET.


Kenneth O’Donnell writes that JFK & Dave Powers escaped to the home of Marion Davies where they watched TV coverage of the 1960 Democratic Convention & took a swim in the pool.


When they returned to the Haley apartment they went in over a fence & up the fire escape to avoid the press.


There, as they watched the roll call of the states on TV, the power went out.


Jack went to the downstairs apartment of Bill Gargan & his wife to watch the rest of the coverage.


But soon the power was back on in his own apartment where he saw Wyoming  put him over the top as the presidential nominee.


JFK left to make a brief appearance at the convention.  The Senator stood on the platform with his mother & sisters waving to the delegates.


Kenny writes that no one who spent that week with JFK believes he even considered who he would select as his VP until after he returned to his apartment that night.


In their view, JFK was considering Stuart Symington, Orville Freeman & Senator Henry M. Jackson of Washington.


Kenny admits that there was the insistence from labor leaders that Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas NOT be on the ticket.

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JFK WOULD HAVE BEEN 95 YEARS OLD TODAY!

May 29, 2012


JOHN F. KENNEDY WOULD HAVE BEEN 95 YEARS OLD TODAY!

Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) President John Fitzgerald Kennedy would have been 95 years old today.


The future 35th President of the United States was born in Brookline, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917.


On November 22, 2013, it will have been 50 years since the 46 year old President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas while riding in an open car motorcade along side his wife, Jacqueline.


May 29, 1917


JOHN F. KENNEDY BORN IN BROOKLINE


Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. announced today the birth of their 2nd child, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.


JFK was born at the family home at 83 Beals Street in the Brookline section of Boston, Massachusetts.


The child is the namesake of his grandfather, John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, the former mayor of Boston.*


*The Fitzgeralds are on a much higher political & social status than the Kennedys in 1917.


The baby boy, however, will be called “Jack”.


Jack Kennedy at 6 months
Photo hangs in master bedroom
JFK Birthplace Historic Site


            

Brothers Jack & Joe Junior
At home at 83 Beals Street
Brookline, Massachusetts


      


Dr. Frederick Good is the family obstetrician who delivered Jack.


The proud father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., is the 28 year old president of Columbia Trust Bank in East Boston.  He is a graduate of Harvard.


Joe Sr.’s dad, Patrick J. Kennedy, was a ward boss & Irish-American community leader in Boston.


All the Boston Kennedys emigrated to America in the 1840s to escape the Irish potato famine.*


*This post is repeated from May 29, 2011.

A MEMORIAL DAY 2012 TRIBUTE

May 28, 2012

A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C. Photo by John White, 2011

                    

 MEMORIAL DAY PROCLAMATION

April 24, 1961

by John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States


Where as the high courage and the supreme sacrifice of Americans who gave their lives in battle have made it possible for our land to flourish under freedom and justice; and

Whereasthe ideals and patriotism of those who answered the call to service stand as an inspiration to every new generation of Americans; and

Whereasthe same principles and revolutionary beliefs for which our forbears fought and died are still at issue in the world and the challenge against them can be met only through the same qualities of courage, strength, and unflinching determination shown by our noble dead; and

WhereasMemorial Day each year provides a fitting occasion upon which our people may not only commemorate the Nation’s heroic dead but also unite in prayer for the preservation of liberty and peace free from the threat of war; and

Whereasto this end the Congress, in a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950 (64 Stat. 158), requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace:

Now, Therefore, I, John F. Kennedy,President of the United States, do hereby urge the people of the United States to observe Tuesday, May 30, 1961, Memorial Day, by invoking the blessing of God on those who have died in defense of our country, and by praying for a new world of law where peace and justice shall prevail and a life of opportunity shall be assured for all;

and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at eleven o’clock in the morning of that day as the time to unite in such prayer.

I also urge the press, radio, television, and all other media of information to cooperate in this observance.

In Witness Whereof,I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this 24th day of April in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-fifth.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

By the President:

DEAN RUSK,

Secretary of State.*


*JFK Library Document

HOW LYNDON GOT ON THE TICKET I

MAY 27, 2012

HOW LYNDON GOT ON THE TICKET I


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we begin our report on Chapter 7 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 7 is HOW LYNDON GOT ON THE TICKET.


Kenneth O’Donnell writes that Dave Powers went to Los Angeles a week in advance to find a place where JFK could “get away from the turmoil” at the Biltmore Hotel where the KENNEDY HEADQUARTERS would be located.


Dave found an apartment house at 511 North Rossmore Avenue just 10 minutes from the Biltmore & the convention center where the convention would be held.


The house was owned by the actor Jack Haley & his wife. 


Dave stayed with Senator Kennedy, Kenny tells us, in the apartment for the 1st 4 nights of convention week.


Each morning Dave would cook the Senator’s breakfast which would be the same offering daily except no bacon on Friday.


Even Pierre Salinger did not know the whereabouts of JFK’s hideaway apartment, but soon enough Pierre was told & shortly thereafter the apartment was surrounded by the press.





WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA VI

MAY 26, 2012

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA VI


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we conclude our report on Chapter 6 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 6 is WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA.


Kenneth O’Donnell says that at the same time JFK was defending himself on the religious issue, he was going into the hollows of poverty-stricken West Virginia “listening sympathetically to….complaints & promising to make…troubles known in Washington.”


Kenny tells us that by this time Hubert Humphrey’s campaign  was “floundering.”


On election night, Senator Kennedy flew back to West Virginia after he learned of his big victory there.


JFK wanted to thank his workers personally including Bob McDonough.


Kenny writes….


“That spectacular performance in West Virginia wrapped up the (Democratic) nomination for Kennedy.  It settled…the one big question….whether a Catholic could be elected.”


JFK would go to the Los Angeles Convention in July 1960 knowing he had the votes to win the nomination.  The real question was…who would he chose as his running mate?*


*Kennedy defeated his closest opponent, Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas by 806 to 409 on the 1st ballot.

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA V

MAY 25, 2012

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA V


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 6 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 6 is WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA.


Kenneth O’Donnell writes about the religious issue which threatened the Kennedy campaign in the West Virginia primary of 1960.


Kenny says that JFK decided to speak out on the religious prejudice that could cost him the election.  Some advisers, including Kenny, thought this was a mistake.


Jack said:


“Let’s face it.  It’s the most important & the biggest issue in this campaign.”


Senator Kennedy faced the issue for the 1st time at a rally in Morgantown, but he did so “on the spur of the moment.”


JFK said:


“Nobody asked me if I was a Catholic when I joined the United States Navy.”


And continued by asking his audience if 40 million American (Catholics) lost their right to run for the Presidency on the day of their baptism.


On the Sunday before election day, Senator Kennedy appeared on a TV program.  He once again faced the religious issue head on.  Teddy White would write that this was “the finest TV broadcast I have ever heard any political candidate make.”


Mr. White remembered this from that broadcast.  Senator Kennedy said:


“When any man….takes the oath of office as President, he is swearing to support the separation of church & state…..if he breaks his oath, he is not only committing a crime against the Constitution….but he is committing a sin against God.”

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA IV

MAY 24, 2012

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA IV


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 6 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 6 is WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA.


Kenneth O’Donnell says that “most of our imported helpers (Ivy League friends & Boston Irish Catholics) got along famously with the down-to-earth people in West Virginia.”


The Kennedy girls, Ethel, Jean & Joan, were also working in the West Virginia campaign, as was Ted Reardon, Senator Kennedy’s administrative assistant.


Meanwhile, Jacqueline Kennedy, driven by Ed King, was visiting the wives of coal miners & shaking hands on street corners.


But, Kenny tells us that JFK’s “most valuable campaigner” in West Virginia was Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.*


It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who had pushed NRA legislation giving miners the right to organize & to acquire decent wages for the 1st time.  


FDR Jr. spoke everywhere in the state, always emphasizing JFK’s war record.


At one point, FDR Jr. said as he held two fingers close together:


“My daddy & Jack Kennedy’s daddy were just like that.”


JFK, Kenny writes, turned to Dave Powers & said:


“This is a hard act to follow.”


*Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. (1914-1988) was born in New Brunswick, Canada.  He served as a Naval officer in WWII & was decorated for bravery at Casablanca.  He was a graduate of Harvard & the University of Virginia School of Law.


FDR Jr., Eleanor & FDR III, FDR Library Photo, 1962


               

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA III

MAY 23, 2012

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA III


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 6 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 6 is WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA.


Kenneth O’Donnell bluntly writes that when he arrived in Charleston, West Virginia with Bobby & Larry O’Brien they were told by a man among JFK’s key workers:


“There’s only one problem. He’s a Catholic.”*


*JFK’s main primary opponent, Hubert Humphrey, was Protestant as were the great majority of the voters of West Virginia.


Many of the Kennedy workers were upset, Kenny argues, because JFK’s Catholicism had NOT been generally known to most West Virginians until recent coverage in the local media.


The attempts by Kennedy people to get Humphrey to withdraw from the WVA primary were to no avail.  HHH was also getting the support of those in the Democratic party who wanted to “STOP KENNEDY”.**


**LBJ even came to the state to make a speech supporting Humphrey.


Kenny says, “We went into the (West Virginia) campaign in a gloomy mood.”


An optimistic note, however, was provided by “one of the most skillful & knowledgeable Democratic politicians in the state,” Bob McDonough*** who assured the Kennedy people that JFK’s “straightforward & engaging ease in approaching people would gain him respect in West Virginia & overcome the bigotry.”


Kenny tells us that on the flight to West Virginia to make his 1st campaign appearance there, JFK was “cheerfully unperturbed.”


***Robert P. McDonough (1915-1981) was a Wood County, West Virginia industrialist who coordinated the Kennedy Campaign in the State Democratic Primary in 1960.  He gave a oral history interview at the JFK Library in 1965.


JFK Speaks in Charleston, West Virginia, JFK Library Photo




WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA II

MAY 22, 2012

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA II


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 6 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 6 is WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA.


Kenneth O’Donnell writes that Jacqueline Kennedy “worked hard in Wisconsin.”


Kenny says Mrs. Kennedy would walk out of the car into snow & wind to shake hands & talk to people in the small towns of the state.


At one point, JFK said:


“Jackie’s drawing more people than I am, as usual.”


And then one day while walking into a supermarket, Jackie listened to the store manager announce a sale over the store intercom.  She asked him if she could say a few words about her husband.  He obliged & she said:


“Just keep on with your shopping while I tell you about my husband, John F. Kennedy. He cares deeply about the welfare of his country–please vote for him.”


Kenny goes on to say that it wasn’t just Jackie lending her hand, but all the Kennedys.  JFK’s primary opponent, Hubert Humphrey, said:


“(Those Kennedys) are all over the state, and they look alike & sound alike.”


Senator Kennedy won the Wisconsin Primary polling more votes than any candidate in the history of the state Democratic primary.


But when Eunice saw Jack’s “glum” expression as the results were coming in, she asked him “What does it all mean?”


Senator Kennedy responded…..


“It means that we’ve got to go to West Virginia in the morning & do it all over again.”

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA I

MAY 21, 2012

WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA I


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we begin our report on Chapter 6 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 6 is WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA.


Kenneth O’Donnell discusses the preliminary wheeling & dealing leading up to JFK’s campaigns in the two key primary states of Wisconsin & West Virginia.


Kenny writes:


“Our memories of Jack Kennedy are filled with scenes & incidents in Wisconsin, most of them seeming more amusing now….than then in that winter of cold winds, cold towns & many cold people.”


He goes on to tell the story of when JFK went into a tavern & went up to a booth where a man & woman were sitting & said: ‘My name is John Kennedy & I’m running for President.’  The man replied, ‘President of what?’


Undeterred, JFK was at a plant entrance at 6 o’clock the next morning shaking hands with employees arriving for work.


Kenny says it was bitterly cold & his ears were numb.  He turned to Dave Powers & said:


“If I had (Jack’s) money, I’d be down there on the patio in Palm Beach.”

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