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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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    Press Conference, 1 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection1 February 1961

    Sound recording of the President's News Conference of February 1, 1961 (News Conference 2). President Kennedy begins the press conference by expressing the Kennedys’ gratitude for the numerous congratulatory letters and telegrams they have received. This statement is followed by several announcements concerning the lifting of international travel r...

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    Press Conference, 8 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection8 March 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of March 8, 1961 (News Conference 6). President Kennedy begins the press conference by urging the public to support Radio Free Europe. He then announces that he would be making a statement concerning his views of problems in the Americas following an upcoming reception at the White House; that he h...

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    Press Conference, 23 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection23 March 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of March 23, 1961 (News Conference 8). President Kennedy begins 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 answe...

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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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    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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    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 in Paris before the North Atlantic Council, 2 June 1961
    White House Audio Collection2 June 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Assembly in Paris, France. In his speech the President discusses the important role NATO plays in ensuring the mutual security of European nations and the United States.

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    Remarks at SHAPE Headquarters in Paris, 2 June 1961
    White House Audio Collection2 June 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Paris, France. In his speech the President discusses the important role SHAPE plays in ensuring the mutual security of European nations and the United States.

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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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