White House Audio Collection
Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of November 8, 1961 (News Conference 18). President Kennedy begins the press conference by announcing that former President Dwight D. Eisenhower had agreed to serve as the chairman of the board of trustees for the new people to people organization, and that General Maxwell D. Taylor has returned from his trip to South Vietnam and his findings are still under review. Then the President comments on the success of the first meeting of the joint United States-Japan committee on trade and economic affairs. Following the announcements the President answers questions from the press on a variety of topics including nuclear testing, the need for change in trade policy, and an assessment of the Kennedy administration’s accomplishments in the year since his election.