White House Audio Collection
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 restrictions on military dependents, the creation of pilot projects for food stamp distribution, veteran’s insurance dividends, and the reduction of interest rates for home mortgages. Following the announcements the President answers questions from the press on a variety of topics including his State of the Union address, the economy, United States prisoners in Cuba and China, and Berlin.