November 11, 1960
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT COUNSELS TRUST IN JFK
Castine, Maine* (JFK+50) Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World, wrote in her “My Day” column today that Americans must trust their new President-elect, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Senator Kennedy won a close election over Vice-President Richard M. Nixon on Tuesday.
Mrs. Roosevelt writes:
“We, in the United States are the leaders, & if we have courage to face the world situation–to trust a President who wants to give us at home a better life but knows that this can only be valid if at the same time we meet the Communist challenge–then we may be able to save ourselves & the world.”
The former 1st Lady continues:
“The President-elect will need all the youth & energy & health…to meet the problems & I think Mr. Kennedy will be able to carry out his pledge to ‘the long range interests of the United States & the cause of freedom around the world.'”
*Castine, located in south central Maine on the Penobscot Bay, is the home of the Marine Maritime Academy which trains officers for the US Merchant Marine & was established in 1941.