Friday, November 8, 2013


November 8, 2013


New York City (JFK+50) 50 years ago today, November 8, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was presented with the Protestant Council of the City of New York's FAMILY OF MAN AWARD in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel here in New York City.

The award was presented to the President by Rev. Dr. Arthur L. Kinsolving, rector of St. James Episcopal Church and president of the Protestant Council.

JFK began his remarks by saying...

"I had wondered what I would do when I retired from the Presidency...but Dr. (Ralph W.) Sockman was the suggest work as challenging as the Presidency in becoming chairman of the Protestant Council's annual dinner, and I am very grateful to him."

The President then noted the absence of  Republican New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller who was a potential candidate for the presidential nomination of his party in 1964.

JFK said...

"In his quest for the Presidency, Governor Rockefeller follows the example of other distinguished New Yorkers--Wendell Willkie, Thomas Dewey, Richard Nixon (who all lost presidential races), and I wish him some margin of success."

The President went on to talk about "a stream of poverty" that ran across the United States and pointed out the responsibility that the Council as well as other religious leaders had "for the well-being of those left behind."

He also spoke about the Family of Man in more than 100 other nations, most who were not white, Christians or capitalists.  He said..."the Family of Man in the world of today is not faring very well."

JFK continued...

"The Family of Man can survive differences of race and religion (but) the rich must help the poor.  The industrialized nations must help the developing nations.  And the United States...must do its foreign aid program."

The President reminded his audience that foreign aid is a non-partisan matter.  He said...

"For 17 years, through 3 administrations, this program has been supported by Presidents and leaders of both parties."

JFK spoke about his Alliance for Progress program which was providing housing developments, as well as "dignity and liberty," for the people of Latin America.

President Kennedy concluded his remarks with these words...

"It is essential...that the word go forth from the United States to all who are concerned about the Family of Man that we are not weary in well-doing.

And we shall, I am confident, if we maintain the pace, we shall in due season reap the kind of world we deserve and deserve the kind of world we will have."


"Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, John F. Kennedy, 1963," United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1964.


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 53 years ago today, November 8, 1963, the Presidential Election of 1960 was held in the United States. The candidates of the two major political parties were Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Republican Vice-President Richard M. Nixon of California.

As the midnight hour approached in the east, it was not yet decided which of these two young men would be the next President, but Jack Kennedy as Frank Sinatra put it, had "high hopes."

After Mr. Nixon made a non-concession appearance at his campaign headquarters, JFK decided, at 3:40 a.m., it was time to turn in for the night.

Theodore White put it this way...

"The candidate (went) home to bed (through the parlor of Bobby's house where)...a year before he had...approved final plans...that (would) bring him to election night.

He and his men had planned...a campaign that seemed utterly preposterous--to take the youngest Democratic candidate to offer himself in this century, of the minority Catholic faith, a man burdened by wealth and controversial family, relying on lieutenants scarcely more than boys, and make him President.

They had planned shrewdly and direct a campaign that would sweep out of the decade of the 60s America's past prejudices, the sediment of yesterday's politics, and make a new politics of the future."


"The Making of the President, 1960," by Theodore H. White, Antheneum Publishers, New York, 1961.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
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