The Press: Kennedy's Press Chief

For the President-elect's press entourage, the baby's birth was the first crisis since the election. Newsmen had been filled in minute by minute as they flew back to Washington, but one inevitably sought detail was missing from the intimate picture. What did the baby look like? Pierre Emil Salinger. Kennedy's press secretary, seemed slightly flustered, could only stammer: "Aw, it looks like a baby ... It has some hair . . . The hair is dark . . . I'm very poor at descriptions of children."

Such an answer would have astonished and perhaps irritated the assembled newsmen had it come from...

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