Both Sorensen and Schlesinger, while quoting extensively from the American University speech in their books, entirely excised its two most hawkish lines, the ones about how “As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity,” and, “The Communist drive to impose their political and economic system on others is the primary cause of world tension today.”And . . .
. . . Jacqueline Kennedy, in September 1966, was reportedly “deeply critical of all books about her husband, even Schlesinger’s A Thousand Days.” They portrayed him, inaccurately, as more left-wing than he really was.My father believed JFK was the greatest man of his day. In many ways he was; if for no other reason than the responsibilities upon his shoulders during the Cold War and the events which Providence handed him. While JFK has been embraced as an icon of the left, many of his actions and words tell a completely different story. The best way to honor his memory is to remember him honestly.