White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy (at the microphone) delivers remarks during a welcoming ceremony given by members of the Costa Rican Christian Democratic Youth (Juventud Costarricense Demócrata Cristiana) at the United States Embassy residence in San Rafael de Escazú, Costa Rica. The group (at left, 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 stands right of the President; Secretary of State Dean Rusk (partially hidden) stands behind Mr. Barnes; U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Raymond L. Telles is at far right.