The Presidency: Reflections

There was a pleasant surprise in store for President Kennedy. Landing at West Palm Beach for an Easter vacation, he spied his father awaiting him in a car. It was the first time that Joseph P. Kennedy had been seen so publicly since suffering a stroke last December. Slowly, Old Joe raised his left arm in greeting. The President reached into the car, affectionately clasped his father's hand. Then he slipped behind the steering wheel, drove off for ten days of Florida relaxation—and reflection.

There was a lot for Kennedy to reflect about. For the second time since assuming office,...

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