Monday, December 24, 2007

A Kennedy Christmas

The country came to know Caroline Kennedy as its princess during the early 1960s.

As one of the White House's youngest occupants, Kennedy became part of Camelot's myth. But as an adult, Kennedy has carved out her own identity, including editing best-selling books and co-authoring another.

Her latest book, "A Family Christmas," is a collection of Christmas-related poems, prose, letters and other writings most dear to her. The anthology even includes a young Kennedy's Christmas list to Santa Claus and a letter from President Kennedy to a child about Santa's well-being.

Kennedy also visited the Operation Santa Claus, which is an annual program sponsored by the New York Post Office where people can write responses to the letters children send to Santa and the North Pole.

To learn more about Operation Santa Claus contact your local post office and read a portion of "A Family Christmas" below.

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Caroline Kennedy remembers JFK Christmas letter

Caroline Kennedy meets woman who wrote JFK to save Santa Claus

Monday, December 24th 2007, 12:40 PM

Over the years, Caroline Kennedy sometimes wondered about a third grader who wrote to her father, President Kennedy, worried that Russian bomb tests at the North Pole would kill Santa Claus.

Kennedy finally got to meet her during a segment of ABC's "Good Morning America" that aired Monday about Kennedy's recent best-selling book, "A Family Christmas," which includes the letter from an 8-year-old Michelle Rochon.

That girl, now Michelle Rochon Phillips, recounted what prompted her to write the October 1961 letter. She said she sat down to write the letter after hearing her parents talking at the dinner table about nuclear testing at the North Pole.

"I thought well, Santa Claus," she said, according to a transcript of the interview. "And so I ran, sat down at the footstool and wrote the letter."

Then a Marine City, Mich., third-grader, she wrote: "Please stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole because they will kill Santa Claus."

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White House tour omits rare 1963 Christmas card

White House tour omits rare 1963 Christmas card

Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:27pm ET163

By Tom Doggett

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the stops on this year's popular White House tour of holiday decorations is the collection of Christmas cards from previous presidents and first ladies. But noticeably missing is the card from 1963.

It is the rarest and most tragic of the presidential cards because it was not sent out after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas that November 22.

The display features Christmas cards from Dwight Eisenhower through George W. Bush but some visitors on the White House holiday tour have noticed the Kennedys' card is missing. The White House has a copy of it but first lady Laura Bush's office said the 1963 card was not included because it was never sent.

Senator Ted Kennedy to write his memoirs

Monday, December 10, 2007

CIA Loses Case at DC Circuit

The CIA has had a lower court ruling reversed at the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia.

The CIA had previously won summary judgment on a case where requester Jefferson Morley sought records on George Joannides, a deceased CIA agent.

What JFK Conspiracy Bashers Get Wrong by Jefferson Morley

6 Myths from the Lone Nut Crowd

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Re Romney: Lloyd Bentsen-Dan Quayle exchange

Rare footage of JFK's speech to the Houston ministers in 1960:

Was The Photo Deliberately Staged?

Was The Photo Deliberately Staged?

Blog by Andrew Sullivan
On Romney religion speech:


JFK’s Legacy 43 Years Later

JFK’s Legacy 43 Years Later

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg speaks during the presentation of a children's book about her father, former U.S. President John F. Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2005. This year marked the 43rd anniversary of JFK's assassination. / Reuters-Yonhap

Kennedy aide: Romney's views on religion very different from JFK's

Kennedy aide: Romney's views on religion very different from JFK's

  • Story Highlights
  • Ted Sorensen helped draft Kennedy's 1960 speech on Roman Catholicism
  • GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivers speech on faith in politics
  • Kennedy, Romney views on religion differ greatly, Sorensen says
  • Sorensen says Kennedy viewed religion as more of a private matter

Theodore Sorensen helped write John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech on Catholicism.

Speaking to CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider, Sorensen discussed Kennedy's famous 1960 speech and compared it to the speech on faith in politics delivered Thursday by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would be the first Mormon in the White House if he is elected.