The Presidency: Home Again


The First Lady of the U.S. arose early, donned a pink shift and distributed gifts (lithographs of the White House inscribed: "With deep appreciation, Jacqueline Kennedy, August, 1963") to the doctors and nurses. She was anxious to leave, and at 10:43 a.m., Joe Kennedy's blue Chrysler limousine pulled up to building 3707 at Otis Air Force Base. President Kennedy entered the squat, lime-hued hospital wing, emerged four minutes later, his left hand firmly clasp ing his wife's right. The sun had broken through a grey overcast. They looked, remarked a bystander, "like a couple of school kids." Thus Jackie Kennedy,...

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