THE PRESIDENT-ELECT: Flying High

After a mere three days in the sunny seclusion of his father's sumptuous Palm Beach mansion, President-elect John Kennedy was off and running. He flew to two top-level conferences: one with Vice President Richard Nixon, at his Key Biscayne retreat 20 minutes by plane down the coast of Florida from Palm Beach, and the other with Vice President-elect Lyndon Johnson, at his L.B.J. ranch in Texas.

The conference with Nixon (reportedly prearranged by a telephone call between Joe Kennedy and his old friend Herbert Hoover) was outwardly just a good-will trip, to heal...

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