JFK: Well, I think my biggest help, really was getting started, and my father’s having been known. And therefore when you walked up to somebody, you had some entree. That’s a far greater advantage to me, I think, than the financial [unclear]. Coming from a politically active family was really the major advantage.
Cannon: You think there’s more advantage in having financial backing, so that you didn’t have to worry?
JFK: Well, I have to worry, because I could be defeated.
Cannon: But you don’t have to worry about your family, about being out of a job, if you should be defeated.
JFK: No, but I worry, I wouldn’t like to try to pick up my life at forty-five, -six, or -seven, and start after twenty years of being in politics, and try to pick up my life then. That would be a source of concern to me. Many politicians probably are lawyers and would start in something else. I’m not a lawyer. It would be a problem for me to decide. Maybe need a different degree. I mean, it’s like having your leg up to your ankle or to your knee amputated, it’s still disturbing.
Bradlee: Jack, what career might you pick?
JFK: I don’t know what I’d do. This just happens to be . . .
Bradlee: Does that mean that politics is an all-inclusive profession?
JFK: I don’t see really what you do out of it. I went in when I was...navy, college, politics. Where would you go? What would I do now? I couldn’t possibly. I don’t know what I’d do.