JUNE 12, 2012
FORMING A GOVERNMENT I
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we begin our report of Chapter 9 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 9 is FORMING A GOVERNMENT.
Kenneth O’Donnell tells us that shortly after Senator Kennedy publicly acknowledged his victory, he (Kenny) was visited by 2 Secret Service agents.
The agents informed Kenny that JFK had told them that the Secret Service detail would be under his direction.*
*Kenny would be special assistant to the President & as appointment’s secretary would be responsible for his daily schedule of work & appointments.
Kenny says that he would spend at least half of his time before the inauguration dealing with the FBI & Secret Service on security clearances for those who would be joining the new administration.
A conflict between the President-elect & Secret Service began almost immediately when at Palm Beach JFK “took a running dive into the ocean & swam out beyond the breaking waves.”
One of the agents told Kenny:
“We can’t have (JFK) swimming out there alone.”
From then on a Coast Guard cutter patrolled the waters in front of Ambassador Kennedy’s residence.
Irritated about this, JFK said to Kenny:
“Are they expecting (Fidel) Castro to invade Palm Beach?”