This is the President - July 25, 1963


We're throwing our hat into the memorial celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of JFK's death with a podcast celebrating one of our favorite presidential phone calls of all time.

"The Silly Bastard" phone call is actually a two parter.

Jackie, the President's wife, was VERY pregnant in July 1963 and staying up in Hyannis, near Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.

The closest military facility to the Kennedy summer home was Otis Air Force Base, about 15 miles away.

man next to bed
man next to bed

The staff at Otis fixed up an extra room in the base hospital as a maternity suite in case Jackie went into labor.

After a press showing of the room, a story was printed in the Washington Post that over $5,000 ($38,000 in 2013 dollars) was spent on refurbishments for the room. Next to the story in the Post was the picture above of an Air Force captain standing next to the bed.

When he saw the picture in the Post and read the story, Kennedy went ballistic. He made a two phone calls, first to his Assistant Secretary of Defense, Arthur Sylvester, to find out what was going on and then to his Air Force Liaison, Gen. Godfrey McHugh, to bitch him out.

In addition to bitching at Gen. McHugh, Kennedy directs his wrath towards the Air Force captain in the picture.

Forty-nine years later, I managed to track down the Silly Bastard to get his side of the story. Click the button below to listen or download the mp3. You can also subscribe to our brand spanking new "The is the President" podcast on iTunes.

If you are podcast impaired or otherwise allergic to mp3s, here's a video of the podcast, along with some pictures.