White House Photographs
At left, members of the Costa Rican Christian Democratic Youth (Juventud Costarricense Demócrata Cristiana) greet President John F. Kennedy (right) during a welcoming ceremony at the United States Embassy residence in San Rafael de Escazú, Costa Rica. The group (holding a banner written in Spanish) presented President Kennedy with a letter bearing 500,000 signatures from the people of Costa Rica committed to the Alliance for Progress (Alianza para el Progreso). U.S. State Department interpreter Donald Barnes (second from right) and U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Raymond L. Telles (applauding, mostly hidden on far right edge of image) stand right of the President.