The Presidency: Exposure

"The Kennedy buildup goes on," wrote James MacGregor Burns, a Williams College political science professor and John Kennedy's admiring biographer, in the New Republic. "The adjectives tumble over one another. He is not only the handsomest, the best-dressed, the most articulate, and graceful as a gazelle. He is omniscient; he swallows and digests whole books in minutes; he confounds experts with his superior knowledge of their field. He is omnipotent." Burns was worried, and so was many another Presidential admirer, that John Kennedy and his family might soon suffer ill effects...

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