WITH wooden blocks placed under his rocking chair to keep him from jouncing off-camera. President Kennedy faced the U.S. on television. Each of the major networks had asked time for a review of his years in office. Kennedy himself had suggested that newsmen from all three networks meet him in a single session—an updated, visual version of F.D.R.'s folksy fireside chats. The taped interview lasted one hour and 35 minutes, was edited to an hour-long show by the networks. The questions asked him were kindly. Some of Kennedy's views were debatable; he seemed to think, for example, that the great...

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