JFK on Campaigning

He didnt like going to the bars, pool halls, etc. talking to people to convince them to vote for him. “As far as backslapping with the politicians,” he said, “I think I’d rather go somewhere with the familiars or sit alone somewhere and read a book.”

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Europe in 1937

In the summer of ’37, Kennedy and a friend toured Europe. They went to France, Germany, Italy and Spain. He disliked all of the people except the Italians. Even though his father was an isolationist, he took the opportunity to form his own opinions after being in these countries and speaking to the locals himself.

Kennedy lineage

John F. Kennedy doesn’t come from a long line of wealthy ancestors. His grandfathers on both sides were the first to make it big after their fathers came to American from Ireland. As only the second generation to grow up with wealth and entitlement, he and his brothers and sisters were raised with nursemaid. One passage in the book mentions how, after a boat ride, the kids all took their clothes off on the way back to the house knowing someone else would pick them up. Jack never grew out of this habit. Even in boarding school and college, his room was a mess, he would lose things and he was always running late.

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