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.