White House Audio Collection
Sound recording of the President's News Conference of February 8, 1961 (News Conference 3). President Kennedy begins the press conference by announcing the upcoming visit of Canadian Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker to the United States. This announcement is followed by a brief discussion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the announcement that a Child Health Center has been established within the Public Health Service Center to deal with the special health problems of children. Following the announcements the President answers questions from the press on a variety of topics including recent reports of a study concerning the missile gap between the United States and the Soviet Union; school desegregation in New Orleans, Louisiana; the future of United States-Soviet relations; and Cuba.