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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JFK: Addison’s Disease, they said I have. Jack [unclear] asked me today if I have it.

Bradlee: Who?

JFK: Drew Pearson’s man. I said no, God, a guy with Addison’s Disease looks sort of brown and everything. [laughter] Christ! See, that’s the sun.

Toni Bradlee: But then your back was later on.

JFK: No, my back was in ’45.

Toni Bradlee: But then you were operated on after.

JFK: I was operated on in ’45 too. All these things came together. I was a wreck.

 Bradlee: When was that big slice, just north of your behind there, when was that?

JFK: That was ’45, then again in ’54, and again in ’56.

Jacqueline Kennedy: Yeah, he was all better, his crutch broke, and he had to go back again.


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