World: Surprised by Jack

President Kennedy did not really want to address the opening of the U.N. General Assembly's 18th session. The reason for his reluctance: he had nothing that he particularly wanted to say to the U.N., certainly no dramatic proposals to set before it. But advisers, from U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson on down, kept coaxing him with the argument: "Even if you have nothing to say, your appearance would count heavily." At last the President relented.

Basement Brooder. His aides began scrounging for "new ideas" to work into his speech. Stevenson brought down a sheaf of suggestions. The State Department produced a blizzard of...

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