SPOOKS VISIT JFK IN THE OVAL OFFICE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr. played "trick or treat" on their Daddy, the President of the United States, 50 years ago this evening, October 31, 1963, in the oval office at the White House.
The President, who always welcomed his kids into his office, enjoyed the Halloween festivities with his children.
Caroline, JFK and John John
The White House
October 31, 1963
JFK Library Photo
JFK GAVE HIS NEXT TO LAST NEWS CONFERENCE 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy gave his 63rd news conference as President of the United States 50 years ago this afternoon at the State Department auditorium here in Washington. He would hold only one more regular news conference before his death on November 22, 1963.
The 1st question was about the possibility of removal of American military forces from Europe.
The President answered...
"We are not planning any reduction in United States combat units in Germany (and) we intend to keep our...forces (there) as they are today...more than 6 combat divisions."
Another question was asked concerning criticism of the Kennedy administration by would be Republican presidential nominee Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.
The accusation was described as...
"falsification of the news in order to perpetuate (yourself) in office."
"I think it would be unwise at this time to...reply to Senator Goldwater...(as) he himself has had a busy week selling TVA and suggesting that military commanders overseas be permitted to use nuclear weapons, and attacking the President of Bolivia while he was here in the United States, and involving himself in the Greek election.
So...it really would not be fair for me this week to reply to him."
The President was also asked this very intriguing question...
"Mr. President, there is talk that Lyndon Johnson will be dumped (as your running mate) next year. Now, sir, assuming that you will run next year, would you want Lyndon Johnson on the ticket, and do you expect that he will be on the ticket?
"Yes, to both of those questions. That is correct."
JFK at News Conference
JFK Library Photo
JFK SIGNED ACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF MENTAL RETARDATION FACILITIES 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy signed the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act 50 years ago today, October 31, 1963, at the White House.
The legislation provided for research facilities to determine the cause of retardation, and also established diagnostic treatment clinics and permanent community centers for the care of the retarded.
The President said before signing the bill...
"The mentally ill and the mentally retarded need no longer be alien to our affections or beyond the help of our communities."