Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the President's News Conference of October 11, 1961 (News Conference 17). President Kennedy began the press conference by announcing that General Maxwell D. Taylor would be undertaking a trip to Saigon to meet officials regarding the recent attacks on the people of South Vietnam. He then discussed his appointment of a panel to study the problem of mental retardation and recommend a program of action. Following the announcements the President answered questions from the press on a variety of topics including the situation in Berlin and the construction of the Berlin wall. Background materials in this folder consist of draft press conference announcements. The official White House transcript of the press conference and the stenotype transcript of the press conference are also included.