The Presidency: I'm Staying Right Here

"I'm Staying Right Here"

John Kennedy really was in the cross hairs of nuclear history in 1962. Last week's reminder of the Cuban missile crisis showed more clearly than ever the world's close call.

The U.S., of course, had a raft of contingency plans in case of a nuclear attack. One called for the emergency evacuation by helicopter, from the South Lawn, of the President and the 50 or so people who made up the heart of the Government. They were to be whisked to the Blue Ridge Mountains and secreted in a command post under 600 ft. of stone, from there to run the...

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