The Presidency: Dad's Gotten Sick

Life at 73 was pleasant indeed for Joseph P. Kennedy, multimillionaire, former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's—and father of the President of the U.S. His son Jack, returning to Washington from a highly successful trip to South America, had stopped off to visit him in Palm Beach. In the days to come there would be the annual Christmas gathering of the Kennedy clan, with grandchildren galore, heaps of presents, and the palmiest weather that Florida could offer.

But instead of enjoying such blessings, Joe Kennedy at week's end was in...

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