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JFK library to release last of his secret tapes

JFK library to release last of his secret tapes

January 24, 2012 - AP correspondent Bridget Murphy reports one of the final tapes has JFK speaking to staffers about scheduling his approaching week, which turned out to be the week he was assassinated in Dallas.

AP correspondent Bridget Murphy studies the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is releasing 45 several hours of tapes of secretly recorded conversations although JFK was in business office.


AP correspondent Bridget Murphy studies one particular of the audio tapes provides a portrait of JFK not only as president, but also as father.

BOSTON (AP) -- Final recordings President John F. Kennedy secretly built in the Oval Workplace incorporate an eerie discussion about what would turn into the day of his funeral.

In talking to staffers although hoping to organize his timetable, Kennedy remarked that Nov. 25 was shaping up to be a "tough day" soon after his return from Texas and time at Cape Cod.

"It really is a hell of a day, Mr. President," a staffer agreed.

The exchange was between the last forty five hrs of non-public recordings Kennedy made, tapes The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum produced Tuesday. They provide a window into the last months of the 35th president's life.

They incorporate discussions of conflict in Vietnam, Soviet relations and the race to area, ideas for the 1964 Democratic Convention, and re-election approach. There also are moments with his youngsters.

The tapes are the very last of far more than 260 several hours of recordings of meetings and discussions Kennedy privately built before his assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

David Coleman, the professor who qualified prospects the Presidential Recordings Plan at the University of Virginia, on Tuesday called the last recordings considerable due to the fact even though JFK didn't tape himself regularly, he selected to maintain important moments.

The university's Miller Heart of Manifeste Affairs already has revealed several volumes of Kennedy transcripts and is operating on yet another two volumes from recordings that previously went manifeste, Coleman stated.

"Kennedy did not tape as systematically as Johnson or Nixon. But what he did tape was frequently quite crucial discussions," he mentioned.

"What you have is an unusually prosperous collection of choices getting created in actual time."

The recordings also are useful due to the fact they're a uncooked search inside the Kennedy White Property, Coleman stated.

"It is all unfiltered," he said. "It hasn't been massaged by committees or by the White House press machine."

Historians could gravitate most to Kennedy's recordings about Vietnam to see wherever his coverage was heading when his presidency finished, Coleman mentioned.

Kennedy held the recordings a top secret from his top rated aides. He created the last 1 two days ahead of his death.

Kennedy library archivist Maura Porter said Monday that JFK may have been preserving them for a memoir or potentially began them simply because he was bothered when the military later on gave a different overview of a dialogue with him about the Bay of Pigs.



Sources and more information:

Kennedy Library Releases Private Tapes Of JFK's Final Days

On secret JFK tapes, an eerie line about Nov. 22: 'A hell of a day'


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