Monday, May 14, 2007

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

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

Sorenson: "From the diversity of talent which he had assembled, John Kennedy drew the divisions of opinions which he encouraged." p. 313.

Sorenson: "No decisions of importance were made at Kennnedy's Cabinet meetings...and few subjects of importance...were ever seriously discussed." p. 317.

Sorenson: "Kennedy relied considerably on his Cabinet officers, but not on the Cabinet as a body." p. 317.

Sorenson: "...he [JFK] usually had little interest in the views of Cabinet members on matters outside their jurisdiction." p. 318.

JFK: "The National Security an advisory body to the President.... In the final analysis, the President of the United States must make the decision...and it is his decision...not the decision of the National Security Council or any collective decision." p. 319.

Sorenson: "During these eight months he could at times be privately bitter about the mistakes he had made, the advice he had accepted, and the 'mess' he inherited." p. 329.

JFK: "The only thing that surprised us when we got into office was that things were just as bad as we had been saying they were." p. 329.

JFK: "All my life I've known better than to depend on the experts." p. 346.

Sorenson: "He [JFK] could find and fret over one paragraph of criticism deep in ten paragraphs of praise." p. 348.

Sorenson: "...he [JFK] read Time and Newsweek faithfully and felt their condensed hindsight often influenced their readers more than daily newspaper stories." p. 354.

"JFK...believed the press had responsibilities as well as rights--including the responsibility to get the facts straight, to consider the national interest and to save their bias for the editorial columns...." p. 357.

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