JFK Dinner Party

Did you ever record your own family while they sat down to dinner to eat? It was kind of a thing in the 1970s. It was also kind of a thing back in the 1960s as well. But, in this case, this wasn't an ordinary family dinner. 

That's because this dinner was held at then Senator John F. Kennedy's house in Washington, DC. The occasion for this January 5, 1960 dinner? A sort of celebration and look forward to the 1960 presidential campaign, for which JFK had just declared himself a candidate.

In addition to the Kennedys, the party featured Washington Post honco Ben Bradlee, his wife Toni Bradlee and James Cannon, a reporter for Newsweek magazine. 

Luckily for history (and This is the President), Cannon brought along a portable tape recorder and recorded the dinner conversation for posterity. There's a few interesting tidbits here, including Kennedy's take on his role in politics and a denial of having Addison's Disease (which he did, in fact, have). 

In addition, of course, there's lots of other goodness from Scott and Harmon, including their takes on the Korea talks, the Royal Marriage Conspiracy and the Oldest Pub in London

Episode 2 - The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed - Part 1

Howdy there - 

Tried doing this podcasting thing a few months back but it looks like the feed got all messed up when we moved providers, so I'm going to put these files up and we'll see how things go. 

So we'll give it a go again and I'll start dropping some new episodes as the weeks go by. I'll try to keep them all short - there's not a whole lot you can talk about in an hour. 

Part of my mission will be to uncover some of the more interesting calls, so hopefully it'll be worth a listen. 

You can download the link below or check it out on iTunes!