White House Audio Collection
Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of December 12, 1962 (News Conference 46). The President begins the press conference with a statement thanking the French government for loaning Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to the United States for exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He then states that disputes between the American Athletic Union and athletic federation groups are jeopardizing U.S. participation in international competition, including the 1964 Olympic Games, and urges the groups to put their differences aside immediately. Following these statements the President answers questions on a variety of topics including the alleged information breach of the National Security Council regarding Governor Adlai Stevenson, the possibility of a direct line between the United States and the Soviet Union, the situation in Cuba, and the Alliance for Progress. He also announces he would deposit his papers in a Presidential Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts.