The Press: Presidential Assist

When newly victorious John F. Kennedy was waiting to take office, a reporter approached the President-elect. Asked the newsman hesitantly, conscious that he and his publication had frequently been critical of Kennedy during the campaign: Would Kennedy continue to see him in the White House? Yes, said Kennedy. Then he added with a grin: "You and Marianne Means."

If this remark perplexed the reporter, his perplexity was understandable. At that time, hardly anyone knew who Marianne Means was. Kennedy did. What is more, his comment about her was not just a prediction, but a promise. By last week, having just signed a...

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