Margaret Ronayne Hahn Personal Papers
Sound recording of Margaret Ronayne Hahn's recollections of her work on Senator John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign as a campaigner and one of Polly (Pauline) Fitzgerald's "tea ladies." The recording continues from side 2 of tape 1. Hahn describes watching a studio interview of John F. Kennedy and then introducing members of her family to Kennedy afterward. She also talks about campaigning with Rose Kennedy, Patricia "Pat" Kennedy Lawford, and Jean Kennedy Smith, and about travels in Ohio, Iowa, and Illinois. She describes Rose Kennedy's clothes and style, skill as a campaigner, and routines on the campaign trail. She speaks about watching the second presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon on television with Rose Kennedy in a hotel bar, and about Rose Kennedy playing piano and singing "Sweet Adeline" at a reception. Hahn concludes by quoting from The St. Crispin's Day speech from William Shakespeare's play "Henry V." This is tape 2 of 3. Please note that a portion of the recording on this audio cassette (tape 2) is also recorded on another cassette (tape 3); the quality of the recording on tape 3 is superior, but a segment at the beginning lasting approximately seven minutes is not included on tape 3; the recording on tape 3 has not been published online in digital form. For more information, please contact John F. Kennedy Presidential Library reference staff.