July 28, 2012
“JOHNNY, I HARDLY KNEW YE” XV
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report of Chapter 12 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 12 is “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye”
Kenneth O’Donnell writes that before JFK returned to Washington after the July 4th, 1963 weekend at Hyannis Port, he had been “able to play five holes of golf for the 1st time in 2 years.”
Kenny goes on to tell us that during July, Dave Powers “spent almost every night with the President after he worked late or took an evening swim…”
During the evening they would sit out on the TRUMAN BALCONY* & listen to records on the stereo (phonograph).
JFK’s favorites were dance songs of the 1930s & 1940s. He liked….
‘Beyond the Blue Horizon’
‘The Very Thought of You’
‘Body & Soul’
Despite his troubles both foreign & domestic as President of the United States, Kenny says that in the summer of 1963 “(JFK) seemed….more forceful & sure of himself, & more relaxed & happier than we had ever seen him to be.”
*In 1947, President Harry S Truman proposed a balcony be installed on the South Portico of the White House adjacent to the Yellow Oval Room on the 2nd floor.
While the proposal did raise controversy, architect William Adams Delano approved the cost estimate of $16,050.74.
Truman provided for the funds from his household account & the Truman Balcony was completed in March 1948.