Jacqueline Kennedy: You were so tired. How could you be anything . . .
JFK: It was so damn close, I was disappointed. I was disappointed that night. Cannon: Did you think that they were going to win?
JFK: Kefauver deserved it. I always thought that [unclear], he’d beaten Steven- son in two or three primaries . . .
Bradlee: You didn’t run in any primaries in that, did you?
JFK: No, but he had, that’s why he deserved it.
Cannon: Was there any sense of [unclear]?
JFK: Afterwards? No, it’s past [or passed].
Cannon: It was past the next morning. You can honestly say, you could go off the next day to home, or to Hyannisport, or wherever, and say, “Well, nice try.”
JFK: Not quite that easy, because I was damn tired, but I have to say, I thought, you know, we did have a close effort, and I had not thought I was going to win, I did much better than I thought I would, I thought Kefauver deserved to win, and therefore I was not desolate. It’s a lot different from now. Now it’s entirely different. Now I’m [unclear]. It would take me a lot longer to recover.
Cannon: How does a politician get over this sense of loss? Sense of defeat?