JFK: There’s a picture that the Boston Globe ran Sunday, which had the veterans rally in ’47, Franklin Roosevelt and I, and I looked like a cadaver.
Bradlee: But that color was just fantastic. You were really green . . .
JFK: Adrenal deficiency.
Bradlee: This was 1948, it must have been, ’48 or ’49.
JFK: Forty-seven or -eight, I guess. Well, the point of the matter is, that’s why my father thought that I was not equipped for political life. [unclear]
Bradlee: And you’d been a congressman for two years. Did you run for Con- gress with this greenness?
JFK: Oh yeah. Greener.
Toni Bradlee: What was that? That was atabrine?
JFK: It was atabrine, malaria, and probably some adrenal deficiency,
Bradlee: Addison’s? What is that damn disease?