Toni Bradlee: Is being president the ultimate of everybody that goes into politics?
JFK: In the sense of being head of whatever organization you’re in, I suppose. But most important is the fact that the President today is the seat of all power.
Cannon: What you are suggesting is that your interest in politics evolved really after you got into it. Is that correct?
JFK: Well, no . . . well, that’s partially correct. It wasn’t overwhelming. I didn’t participate in political activities in college.
Cannon: Not until really you felt the satisfaction of having made a speech come off?
JFK: I hadn’t even considered myself, because I’m not a political type.
Cannon: Not even now?
Jacqueline Kennedy: Why? Ben reminds me of Adlai Stevenson. [laughter]