The Administration: One of the Boys

The boys at the Horseshoe Tavern in Boston's proud but impoverished Charlestown district can hardly get over it. Every time they pick up their newspaper—or so it seems—there is their own Dave Powers, sitting as big as life next to the President of the U.S. David Francis Powers, the boy from Charlestown, is officially listed as a White House staff assistant—but that is only half the story. In the informal, easygoing atmosphere of the Kennedy Administration, the elfish, ebullient Powers, 49, plays a unique role as John Kennedy's constant companion, morale builder, tension...

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