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Obama. More like John Kennedy than he’d like to admit.

Friday, May 6th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

While reading Mark Moyar’s excellent “Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965,” I came across a very telling passage:

On June 3 [1961], President Kennedy headed to Vienna for a two-day summit with Khrushchev.  …  With his strength of personality and his conversational skills, Kennedy intended to sway Khrushchev in the same way he had swayed so many American politicians and campaign contributors, while showing Khrushchev that he could not be pushed around.  His [Kennedy’s] refusal to send American forces in to Laos and Cuba, he knew, had given Khrushchev reason to believe that the new American President had the toughness of a whispering lilac.

Khrushchev manhandled Kennedy from start to finish, manipulating his adversary and the terms of the conference totally to his advantage.  Kennedy later admitted that “He treated me like a little boy.  Like a little boy.”  Britain’s Harold MacMillan stated that “The President was completely overwhelmed by the ruthlessness and barbarity of the Russian premier.”  MacMillan believed it was the first time Kennedy had “met a man who was completely impervious to his charm.”

Gee, who does that sound like?  At least Kennedy had the grace to admit he’d been outclassed.

 

 

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