Paris, France (JFK+50) 53 years ago today, May 31, 1961, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy were welcomed here in Paris by President Charles de Gaulle.
Air Force One touched down at Orly Airport at 10:30 a.m. local time.
In remarks at the airport, JFK said:
"I come from America 'the daughter of Europe' to pay tribute to France, our oldest friend.
Your land has been...the well-spring of western philosophy and ideas--so much so that Benjamin Franklin could say 'every man has two countries: France and his own.'"
JFK and the First Lady then were driven to Quaid d 'Orsay for a luncheon and diplomatic reception.
Embassy of the United States
President Kennedy also attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe.
In the evening, the President of the United States and Mrs. Kennedy were the honored dinner guests at the Elysee Palace.
"Although I have visited France many times, my preparation for the Presidency did not include acquisition of 1st hand knowledge of France through diplomacy.
I acquired it through marriage instead.*
*Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was of French descent.
ADMIRAL FELT PREDICTED INSTABILITY IN VIETNAM WOULD CONTINUE THROUGH 1965
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 51 years ago today, May 31, 1963, Admiral Harry Donald Felt's, report on Vietnam was evaluated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Admiral Felt was Commander-in -chief of United States Pacific Forces.
In the report, Felt was skeptical that Vietnam would be stable enough by the end of the year 1965 for a proposed withdrawal of United States forces.
Admiral Felt created the United States Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) in February 1962.
Felt was personally opposed to the introduction of American combat forces in Vietnam.
Admiral Harry Donald Felt
US Pacific Forces