Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Kennedy. Theodore C. Sorenson. Significant Sentences. Continued.

Significant sentences from Kennedy by Theodore Sorenson, a history of the words and philosophy of President Kennedy. Continued.

"A tremendous amount of staff research preceded every Kennedy talk." p. 72.

Reason for seeking the Presidency: "...because I want to get things done." p. 108.

On polls: "The weight of their answers often varies with the wording of their questions." p. 120.

"He knew he could not afford to be defensive, angry, impatient or silent, no matter how many times he heard the same insulting, foolish or discriminatory questions." p. 124.

"In short, the primary purpose of these speech-making trips was not to talk, but to listen and learn." p. 129.

"But Kennedy, speaking in softer tones and shorter answers, without notes, scored with local illustrations and specifics aimed chiefly at West Virginia." p. 159.

"There is only one legitimate question [with regard to religion and the Presidency]: Would you, as President, be responsive in any way to ecclesiastical pressures or obligations of any kind that might in any fashion influence or interfere with your conduct of that office in the national interest?" p. 161.

"Catholic Boston, he said, had in 1948 overwhelmingly supported Baptist Harry Truman because of the man he is." p. 164.

JFK: "Now I understand why Henry VIII set up his own church."

JFK: "The New Frontier...sums up not what I intend to offer the American people but what I intend to ask of them...holds out the promise of more sacrifice instead of more security." p. 188.

"Upon the Caroline's arrival in each major city, the advance man came on board to brief the Senator on names, faces and local color...." p. 194.

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