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    State of the Union Address, 30 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection30 January 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s State of the Union message addressed to Congress at the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy discusses his concerns regarding the present economic recession, the depreciation of the American dollar, the need for federal aid in education and scientific research, ...

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    Remarks at the Opening Session of the Meeting of the Military Committee of NATO, 10 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection10 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the opening session of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee held in the International Conference Room of the State Department in Washington, D.C. In his speech the President addresses arms control and military defense, particularly in regards to the threat of nuc...

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    Joint Statement and Remarks Following Discussions with Chancellor Adenauer of West Germany, 13 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection13 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy reading a joint statement following discussions with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of the Federal Republic of Germany. The statement provides a summary of the meetings’ major topics, including: disarmament, the reunification of Berlin, the current state of nuclear test ban treaty negotiations, strengthenin...

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    Address Before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, 20 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection20 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy discusses the purpose of American intervention abroad and the spread of communist ideology to Latin America and Southeast Asia, with particular emphasis on the Bay ...

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    Message on Office of Civilian [Civil and] Defense Mobilization for Broadcast on CONELRAD, 25 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection25 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s message on the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization (later known as the Office of Civil Defense) for the emergency broadcast system CONELRAD. In his remarks President Kennedy discusses the role of telecommunications in the country’s civil defense program and the ways in which individuals can bette...

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    Address, "The President and the Press," Before The American Newspaper Publishers Association, 27 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection27 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association at a Bureau of Advertising dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. In his speech President Kennedy addresses his discontent with the press’s news coverage of the Bay of Pigs incident, suggesting that there is a need for “far g...

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    Address at the 39th Annual Convention of the National Association of Broadcasters, 8 May 1961
    White House Audio Collection8 May 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address at the 39th annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. In his remarks President Kennedy congratulates Commander Alan Shepard on the successful completion of the Mercury-Redstone 3 test flight (also known as the Freedom 7), ...

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    Interview Recorded for French TV and Radio, 30 May 1961 (Recorded on 20 May 1961)
    White House Audio Collection20 May 1961

    Sound recording of an interview of President John F. Kennedy by journalist Pierre Crenesse for Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (French Radio and Television Broadcasting). In his remarks President Kennedy discusses disarmament, the presence of communist ideology in Southeast Asia, foreign aid to underdeveloped countries, negotiations with Sovie...

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    Special Message to Congress on Urgent National Needs, 25 May 1961
    White House Audio Collection25 May 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s Special Message to Congress. In his address President Kennedy discusses his plans to strengthen the economy in response to the recent recession, advocates increased defense spending and support for the nation’s space program, and addresses the possible spread of communist ideology through Latin Americ...

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    Remarks, and Question and Answer Period at the Press Luncheon in Paris, 2 June 1961
    White House Audio Collection2 June 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at a Press Club luncheon (News Conference 12) held at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. In his address the President thanks the French people for their hospitality during his visit and famously introduces himself, stating, “I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris—and I ...

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