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The Kennedy Wit

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/5/66
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  • Episode Description
  • President Kennedy's speeches were filled with ringing rhetoric-and also with wit and humor that was eloquent and subtle. He had the gift of what comedians call "good timing," and could deliver repartee with rapierlike precision. Films, stills and recordings recall famous and less well known lines from JFK's campaign speeches and calamities; news conferences (such as his celebrated exchanges with newswoman May Craig); addresses to statesmen and Nobel Prize winners; informal moments with his wife and family; and occasional problems with foreign languages. There's also an interview with David Powers, one of the late President's administrative assistants and a member of the famous "Irish Mafia." A close friend since 1946, Powers discusses Kennedy's tour of Ireland and his own duties during the campaign.moreless

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  • Jack Paar

  • David Francis Powers

    Himself

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  • Notes (2)

    • David Francis Powers was Special Assistant to President Kennedy in the White House and, later, the original curator of the Kennedy Library.

    • Based on the 1964 best selling book The Kennedy Wit-The Humor and Wisdom of John F. Kennedy edited by Bill Adler.

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