New tapes revealing the final days of President John F Kennedy in the White House have recently been released offering new insight about the late President’s final hours. On the recently released 45 hours of taped phone calls and Oval Office meetings, Kennedy offers some “unnerving” comments about his ill-fated trip to Dallas, Texas.
The New York Post reports that the 45 hours worth of tapes were recently released by the library of President John F Kennedy. One recorded call, dated to November 19, 1963, just days before Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, the President attempts to make arrangements with an aide about meeting with an Indonesian general on Monday November 25, the day which would become the day of his funeral.
"I will see him, when is he here Monday? Well that's a tough day," said Kennedy in the recorded phone call.
“It’s a hell of a day,” replied the aide.
Other recordings tell of Kennedy’s planning for the Democratic National Convention, relations with the Soviet Union, and growing tension in Vietnam. However, they also show a more casual side of Kennedy as well.
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One recording tells of when Kennedy was meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. Kennedy’s children were evidently present at the time of the meeting.
“Hello, hello," Gromyko is heard saying to the children. Gromyko also says to Kennedy that "They are very popular in our country."
"Oh good," the President replies. Kennedy tells his son and daughter that their dog was given to them by the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
"His [Gromyko's] chief is the one who sent you Pushinka," Kennedy says. "You know that? You have the puppies."
There are different understandings as to why Kennedy issued the recordings, which first came to light during the Watergate hearings, in the first place. Some say it was so that he could later pen a memoir; others accredit them to “a disagreement he had with the military over an earlier discussion about the Bay of Pigs invasion.”
This final piece of 45 hours is a part of a bigger 260 hours worth of tapes recorded during Kennedy’s time in office. Since 1993, the Kennedy library has been working through and analyzing the tapes, determining which are suitable for public release.
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