Good Morning America: JFK’s White House
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall when some of the most important decisions in the world are being made? Have you ever wanted to know how the Bay of Pigs was discussed before the attack? Have you ever wondered just how close the Cuban Missile Crisis was to actually becoming a full blown crisis? Or do you just want to know what it would be like to talk to the president about what he had for lunch? Now you can.
GMA: Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of JFK
The new book, Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy, which is being released today is a through look at the now declassified tapes from inside the Oval Office.
When JFK was president he installed a hidden microphone to record everything said in the Oval Office. Although there is nothing scandalous in the tapes or transcripts in the book, they do reveal some an intimate look at some of the pivotal moments in JFK’s presidency.
Good Morning America: Caroline Kennedy
Good Morning America sat down with Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s daughter who spent much of her childhood in the White House, to discuss what Listening In really means to the world.
Kennedy said the microphones were there to keep people honest. She said after listening to the tapes, she realized she was in the Oval Office as the president discussed the Cuban Missile Crisis. One little snippet from the tapes even has her trying to talk to her father who very calmly tells her he will see her later.
Another poignant part in the tapes is when JFK is talking to a reported about being the president. He says he is physically weak from everything he has to accomplish and keep balanced each day, but that he knew he had to become president to get things done. Caroline Kennedy reiterated the fact to Good Morning America saying her father wanted to become the president because he knew he could change things, as opposed to being in the Senate where no one can know if a certain bill will pass.