JFK's Presidential Press Conferences
Thanks for good wishes expressed to him and his family on his inauguration and the preceding birth of John-John; segregation in New Orleans; Eisenhower's criticism of new administration's hick in defense spending; "Africa for the Africans" statement of roving ambassador to Africa, Mr. Williams; Supreme Courts decision against prayer in schools; proposals to expand the size of the House of Representatives; the prospects of Nixon's run for Governorship of California; Democratic Platform of equal rights and equal pay for women; controversy over Press Secretary Pierre Salinger's experience; Attorney General Robert Kennedy's trip abroad which "encountered evidence of a certain amount of hostility from student groups in various countries".
The Bay of Pigs; the lack of detail regarding the Bay of Pigs being provided the press; Castro's expression of support of communists in Brazil; Lincoln Park; political conflict of interest laws regarding Secretary Udall; announcement that the US had just launched a chimp into space; Republican leadership conference meetings intended to win coming congressional elections; Nixon's criticism of US troop movements into Berlin and the Republican National Chariman's criticism that the current administration's policy is "one of appeasement of communism"; the prospective location of JFK's Presidential Library; corporal punishment in D.C. schools; the New York City Democratic primaries; the current congressional minimum wage bill.
Increases in US steel prices; Ted Kennedy's remarks on the Presidency; criticism of Kennedy's medical care plan; prospective U.S./Soviet summit; two potential security risks in the State Department; the band aid on Kennedy's hand; desgregation of, and James Meredith at, the University of Mississippi; Eisenhower's proposal of two term limit in congress; Ted Kennedy's candidature for Senator in Massachussetts; Martin Lutheran King's pleas for support by the Kennedy administration; the famous "Mrs. Murphy" question regarding the individual liberty to refuse prospective tenants of color; New York Governor Wagner's disagreement with the President over the reelection of Congressman Buckley.
From the above, the President attacks the steel industry for a rise in steel prices of $6 per ton.
Rumors of Communist block troops, supplies, technicians and missiles in Cuba.
The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty currently before the Senate; the popular cultural celebration and demonization of the Kennedys in media and music; right wing organizational boycotting of eastern block goods; recent positive statements by Khruschev about capitalism; southern political leaders claim to the Senate Commerce Committee that the integration movement is communist inspired; prospective Republican Presidential candidates; accusations of "managed news" in the Kennedy administration; Gallup Poll results stating half of the American people think integration was occurring too quickly; possible "second thoughts" by Russians about going to the moon; second anniversary of the Alliance for Progress in the Americas; opposition to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
On Halloween, three weeks before his assassination: Kennedy's personal feelings about being President - "the definition of happiness of the Greeks..is the full use of your powers along the lines of excellence.".