The Presidency: Big John

Heading upward on the hit parade is a new record, PT 109, by Cowboy Crooner Jimmy Dean, setting to doggerel the wartime exploits of President Kennedy and sung in the manner of Big Bad John. Sample lyrics: In '43 they put to sea, 13 men and

Kennedy Aboard the PT 100, to fight the brazen

enemy.

And off the isle of Olasana In the strait beyond Naru, A Jap destroyer in the night cut the 109 in two.

Smoke and fire upon the sea, Everywhere they looked was the enemy. The heathen gods of old Japan, Yeah, they thought they had the best...

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