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September 28, 2011


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) JFK+50 blogger, John White & his daughter, Jennifer, toured the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, September 24 through Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

They were visiting Washington to attend Caroline Kennedy’s Book Tour event which was held on the campus of George Washington University on Monday, September 26.

                        Jennifer White 
          Dulles International Airport
                    Washington, D.C.
           Photo by John White (2011)

In addition, the Tennesseans toured the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, the Holocaust Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial & the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

*Of course, lots of photos were taken & over the coming days & weeks we will share the photos as well as stories about our visit on this blog.  

September 26, 2011


             Bust of George Washington
         George Washington University
                      Washington, D.C.
            Photo by John White (2011)

Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President & Mrs. John F. (Jacqueline) Kennedy, came to George Washington University today on the 1st stop of her book tour “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations On Life with John F. Kennedy”.

                    Caroline Kennedy
       George Washington University
        Photo by Bruce Guthrie (2011)

The new book, which came out on September 14, is published by Hyperion.* 

The book is based on oral history recordings made by Mrs. Kennedy with JFK Presidential aide & historian, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. beginning in March 1964, just 4 months after JFK’s assassination.

The recordings were made at Mrs. Kennedy’s home in Georgetown.  After their completion, the tapes were sealed, per Mrs. Kennedy’s request, for a period of 50 years.

*The book includes a set of 8 CDs of the recordings.

Caroline Kennedy decided that the 50th anniversary of the beginning of her father’s Presidency was an appropriate time for their early release.

Appearing with Caroline at the event was the noted historian Michael Beschloss who wrote the introduction of the book.

                        Michael Beschloss
          George Washington University
           Photo by Bruce Guthrie (2011)

Caroline said that what impacted her most in listening to the recordings was “the way her mother felt about her father & the special relationship they had.”

                        Caroline Kennedy
           George Washington University
            Photo by Bruce Guthrie (2011)

Caroline said:

“I think the transcripts give a good portrayal of her.  The way she looked at the world comes through very vividly, how she appreciated historical figures & felt that what made them human was really what made them more interesting.”

After speaking to the audience, Caroline personally autographed books for those attending.*

       Caroline Kennedy Signs Her Book
          George Washington University
              Photo by John White (2011)

*Caroline will continue her book tour tonight in San Francisco, October 3 at the JFK Library in Boston, October 5 in Chicago & October 13 in New York City.
For a complete schedule go to: 


JFK+50 Notes:

We arrived at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of GWU at 5 pm.  We were fortunate to get seats right in front of the podium 3 rows back (the 1st 2 rows were reserved).

After the program, we were among the 1st to get our book signed & I told Caroline what an honor it was to meet her & that her father was my hero.  It was certainly some night.

Caroline was born in 1958 when I was 10 years old.  She is married to Edwin Schlossberg.  They have 3 children.  Caroline’s daughter Rose is 23,  just a year younger than my daughter, Jennifer.**

**I would like to pay my respects to a friend we made at the event.  He is Adam Kress & shares our interest in history & government.  Adam is Assistant Director of Communications at Rockefeller College at the University At Albany, New York.  

Adam was kind enough to email me some of the photographs that appear on the blog today.  These were made by his good friend, Bruce Guthrie.

      Caroline Signs Book for Adam Kress
           George Washington University
                   Photo by Bruce Guthrie

September 28, 1962


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara strongly implied today that the government of the United States is prepared to use nuclear weapons in the defense of West Berlin.

In a press conference, McNamara said:

“It is our policy to utilize whatever weapons are needed to preserve our vital interests.  Quite clearly, we consider access to Berlin a vital interest.” 

September 28, 1967


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Lyndon B. Johnson today awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to Sgt. David Dolby of the United States Army First Cavalry.

Sgt. Dolby, on May 21, 1966, saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers during a firefight with North Vietnamese troops.

LBJ said:

“No one hates war & killing more than I do (but) we recognize the hard reality that only military power can bar aggression in Southeast Asia.”

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