JUNE 25, 2012
THE WHITE HOUSE VIII
Kenneth O'Donnell writes that the failure of the Bay of Pigs operation "brought several significant changes in the Kennedy administration."
The Central Intelligence Agency was put under tighter control & Director Allen Dulles was replaced by John McCone.
Kenny says "The White House staff became more involved in foreign & defense affairs."
Mac Bundy's office was moved from the EOB to the White House basement.
General Maxwell Taylor became chairman of the Joint Chiefs & the Attorney General was brought on board to assist in handling "urgent problems" in the Defense & State Departments.
Kenny tells us that with Bobby's "wider & more influential role" came a "wider circle of influential friends from the liberal intellectual set in Washington."
He goes on to say that despite not being "a simple man but many different simple men," Bobby Kennedy "was always the kindest man we ever knew."
Kenny concludes with the recollection of Dave Powers who remembered JFK talking about his younger brother's courage during the Cuban Missile Crisis, particularly in standing against an air strike.
"Thank God for Bobby."