Nation: Family Jokes

His wild Irish prose, it sparkles and it glows. It fulfills all the needs—of word, if not deeds. And if Cuba we lose, we can heal up the bruise With 'the charm of his fine Irish smile.

As this and other satiric bits ricocheted through a Statler Hilton dining room, John Kennedy's smile seemed wan. Like any President, Kennedy is sensitive to kidding, and at their annual Gridiron Club dinner, Washington newsmen ribbed him, his policies and his family mercilessly. But when the President arose for his own five-minute speech, he showed that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!