Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy conducted a news conference 52 years ago today, Valentine's Day, February 14, 1962, in which a reporter asked this question...
"Mr. President, this being Valentine's Day, sir, do you think it might be a good idea if you would call Senator Strom Thurmond* of South Carolina down to the White House for a heart-to-heart talk about the whole disagreement over the censorship of the military speeches and what he calls your defeatist foreign policy?"
*Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) was born in Edgefield, South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 1923 and was admitted to the bar in 1930. ST served in the army during WWII and served as SC governor from 1947-1951.
In 1948, he was the presidential nominee of the States Rights or Dixiecrat party. ST completed his political career in the US Senate from 1956-2003.
President Kennedy's response was...
"Well, I think that that meeting should be probably prepared at a lower level..."
Mr. Roosevelt's mother, Mittie, had been suffering from typhoid fever while his wife of 4 years, Alice Lee, was suffering from a severe kidney ailment known as Bright's Disease.