The Administration: Roosevelt's Reward

Among the darkest hours in Jack Kennedy's drive for the presidency were those of late April 1960, just before the Democratic primary in West Virginia. In the economically depressed state, the poorboy liberalism of Rival Candidate Hubert Humphrey seemed to be stirring the voters. Kennedy, fearful that Humphrey would beat him, called up a reserve weapon: Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.. whose father was still idolized in West Virginia.

Flashing a familiar grin. Junior addressed audiences as "my friends," made a reminiscent pitch for Jack: ''He hates wah." Roosevelt also insinuated that Humphrey...

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