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23 March 1961

23 March 1961
1961: 18 January-23 March
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This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the President's News Conference of March 23, 1961 (News Conference 8). President Kennedy began the press conference with a statement concerning the advances of Communist forces in Laos, emphasizing his administration's support for the goal of a peaceful, neutral, and independent Laos. Following this statement the President answered questions from the press on a variety of topics including the situation in Laos, foreign aid, and segregation. Of note is an unofficial transcript of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's News Conference of January 18, 1961, in which he was asked by the press to reflect upon his own administration and to answer questions about the transition to the incoming Kennedy administration, the 1960 Presidential election, the election process, and his plans for the future. Background materials in the folder include drafts of press conference announcements. The official White House transcript of the press conference and the stenotype transcript of the press conference are also included.
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  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
  • President (1961-1963 : Kennedy). Office of the Personal Secretary. , 1961 - 1963
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Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files. Press Conferences. 23 March 1961
Arranged chronologically, the Press Conference series contains the transcripts for John F. Kennedy's regular Washington press conferences throughout the three years of his presidency. The conferences were held bi-weekly and the materials reflect the regularity of information needed for these briefings. In addition to the transcripts, the files also include: department and agency summaries of bi-weekly activities; briefing papers on situations and developments in foreign countries; briefing papers on such issues as disarmament, foreign trade, civil rights, and employment; draft press releases; and news clippings. There are no transcripts in this series for the special or impromptu news conferences held in Washington, or for the press conferences at Hyannis Port, Palm Beach, Paris and Bonn. For a good set of transcripts with index, researchers interested in President Kennedy's press conferences should consult the Public Papers of the President, John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, and Kennedy and the Press, a collection of press conference transcripts annotated by Chase and Lerman (both available in the Kennedy Library). Researchers should also consult other series of the President's Office Files, the White House Staff Files of Pierre Salinger, and the PR portion of the White House Central Subject Files.
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