The Press: What Comes Naturally

"Is there any real foundation for all the talk about the Kennedy administration's 'lack of firmness'? The talk disturbs the President so much that he came within an ace of making his recent North Carolina speech a major answer to his critics. But is there anything to it but political hot air?''

This nagging query was made last week, not by a Kennedy critic, but by a Kennedy loyalist and personal friend, the New York Herald Tribune's Syndicated Columnist Joseph Alsop. Alsop's "yes, but" answer demonstrated the difficulty he had in answering his own question. He offered no evidence that criticism of...

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