The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Taking Cues from on High

The Presidency

As he did with many other things in modern politics, old Joe Kennedy, the family patriarch with megabucks and fevered ambition for his sons, may have played a part in bringing the evangelical aura to the modern presidency.

A few days after John Kennedy's election in 1960, Old Joe paced his apartment on Park Avenue in green slippers and bathrobe, trying to sound profound on being the father of a President. He was having a terrible time. So he switched the subject to Billy Graham, who had just played golf with the President-elect,down in Palm Beach and proclaimed to the press...

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