The Presidency: Don't Sit on the Sidelines

Most of the little talks that President Kennedy makes to visiting White House groups—exchange teachers, clubwomen, South Dakota Indians—are about as inspired as the occasions that compel them.

But when the guests are young, eager and obviously admiring, the President is apt to linger a bit longer, to say something extra that really matters to him.

Waiting to see and hear him on the White House lawn last week were 4,800 college students—the better part of 7.900 just winding up summertime Government jobs (TIME, Aug. 17). "I wonder," said the President, "if we could ask how many have become interested...

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