JFK with daughter Caroline and niece Maria Shriver aboard the Honey Fitz, July 28, 1963.
Kennedy was often badgered by his children for his fictional accounts of animals and people. He dreamed up one about a white whale that ate socks and was gratified when guest Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., took off his shoes, pulled off his socks and threw them overboard into the sea to show how the monster demanded feeding. On one hot day the President took Caroline’s chocolate ice cream cone and smeared it on her back as she squealed in delight. —Cecil Stoughton
Labor Day weekend in Hyannis Port, 1963.
These photographs by Mark Shaw, never used, were taken during the Bay of Pigs disaster in 1961. The President later commented that he had decided not to release them. ‘I looked too serious.’ It was a grim, tense day, but he brought none of this to the top floor of the White House. Afterward he had lunch, a sandwich and fruit on a small tray. He made no mention of the cause and reason for his quiet.
September 14, 1962: Jack and Jackie were in their element at the glamorous dinner at The Breakers the night before the America’s Cup races in Newport, Rhode Island. Said the President that night, “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except that I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. We have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
One weekend in August 1963, Anita, Sally and I came up to see the President on a Friday afternoon. As soon as we disembarked from Andrews Air Force One at the air force base just outside Hyannis Port, we saw Jacqueline, John and Caroline. Spotting his dad coming down the ramp, John took off in full flight in his direction. The next day the papers carried a picture of John in full stride, one toe barely touching the ground and the other back up behind him as high as his head as he was rushing forward, to be caught in his father’s arms.
Walter Pidgeon sent the President a clipping with a quotation: “An unbound spirit, whose race has just begun…” Jack saw the picture and said with a smile, “Every mother in the United States is saying, ‘Isn’t it wonderful to see that love between a son and his father, the way that John races to be with his father?’ Little do they know that that son would have raced right by his father to get to that helicopter but his dad stepped into his path and grabbed him.” -RED FAY
Birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, May 19th, 1962.
Caroline tenderly kisses her father’s hand as they bring daisies to Jackie at Otis Air Force Base Hospital. Jack and Jackie had just lost their son Patrick, August 1963.
Cornell Capa photographs JFK’s presidential campaign, 1960.
Marine guards escort President and Mrs. Kennedy to a reception on the south lawn of the White House, April 1962.
Night after nights the president, especially in the early days of his administration when there were no social functions, worked until the wee hours alone in his office. He read the mail and would dictate his replies into an old-fashioned Dictaphone. The president needed eyeglasses from time to time, and when working, he would push them up on his forehead. In time, he became sensitive to the need for glasses, and this photographer, unaware of this, got into trouble while preparing a major magazine cover showing the glasses.
Robert didn’t come to us and tell us what was good for us. He came to us and asked us two questions: “What do you want? And how can I help?” That’s why we loved him. —Dolores Huerta, National Farm Workers Association
President Kennedy at the White House, October 1961.
JFK photographed by Cornell Capa in the White House, 1961.