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"It's possible my natural level is in the Senate," John F. Kennedy said—but then he won the 1960 election. As president, he and his wife hosted Ben and Tony Bradlee (left and third from left) at the White House. (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

Kennedy After Dark: A Dinner Party About Politics and Power

In this exclusive transcript from the JFK library, hear what he had to say just days after announcing his candidacy for the presidency

Toni: If it makes you uncomfortable, we won’t . . .

Bradlee: It’s going to be all stilted unless we can have some of that.

Jacqueline Kennedy: Ben said we should interrupt and I should show my views and grasp of issues.

Bradlee: And provoke! Is that not right?

Cannon: Absolutely.

JFK: You don’t think it’s working, do you?

Cannon: It’s working.

Bradlee: Don’t stare at it.

JFK: OK, now we’re in January 1946.

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