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

"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)
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Cannon: Were you disappointed in ’56 when you didn’t make it for vice president? JFK: I was for about a day or so.

Cannon: Is that all, really? What did you do to contain your disappointment?

JFK: I didn’t really ever think I was going to run when I went there. I didn’t think I had much of a chance ever. When Stevenson asked me to nominate him. I thought I was out, this was a complete surprise to me, I really . . .

Bradlee: Did you nominate Stevenson in ’56?

JFK: Yes.

Toni Bradlee: Maybe he’ll do the same for you now. [laughter]

Bradlee: You’d ask nothing less.

Cannon: But once it was done, were you disappointed?

JFK: Yeah, I guess we were, the next morning, weren’t we, Jackie? I mean, I was tired.



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