The Presidency: The Tense Hours

Around the person and the position of the President of the U.S. swirl all the problems of the nation and its citizens, their place in the world, their present and their future. Last week these problems afflicted John F. Kennedy, 44, as he spent long hours in the loneliness that only a President can know.

Berlin was the worst point of international crisis. As the week began, the President hurried back to the White House from Hyannisport to greet Vice President Lyndon Johnson, just returned from his morale-shoring trip to West Berlin. Throughout the week, Communist provocations...

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