JUNE 3, 2012
THE BIG ONE I
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we begin our report of Chapter 8 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 8 is THE BIG ONE.
Kenneth O’Donnell writes that once back in Massachusetts, JFK & his family enjoyed a couple of days rest at Hyannis Port.
Less than 2 weeks later, JFK was watching the Republicans nominate Richard M. Nixon. As he watched on television, he said:
“If I have…(to) wave my arms over my head like that in order to become President of the United States, I’ll never make it.”
Soon JFK was attending to “fence-mending chores” within his own party by making peace with former President Harry S Truman* & former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.**
After the visit with Mrs. Roosevelt, Dave Powers, who accompanied JFK, was asked how the Senator had gotten along with the “1st Lady of the Party.”
“The Senator came out of there like a boy who has just made a good confession. It was a great load off his mind.”
*Mr. Truman, during the campaign for the nomination, had gone public with his disapproval of Jack Kennedy as the party nominee for President. He said that he was too young & inexperienced.
**Mrs. Roosevelt had supported Adlai Stevenson.