The Presidency: The Spirit of Spring

To the Kennedy Administration, it seemed that spring 1963 might be balmy. There were the usual world tensions and domestic disputes. But there were no really burning crises. And the President, fresh from a triumphal visit to Central America, was at his jauntiest.

His mood was reflected at a post-Costa Rican press conference. Newsmen tossed him some pretty sticky questions—and he took them in easy stride.

A Family Example. Was he upset by the grilling that Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was getting from Congress over the TFX fighter-plane contract? McNamara, for one, seemed disturbed by the committee's intimations of favoritism. In...

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