JFK Presidential Library releases the last 45 hours privately recorded Oval Office tapes in the days leading up to his assassination

by Colonel on January 25, 2012


“Final recordings President John F. Kennedy secretly made in the Oval Office include an eerie conversation about what would become the day of his funeral.

In talking to staffers while trying to arrange his schedule, Kennedy remarked that Nov. 25 was shaping up to be a “tough day” after his return from Texas and time at Cape Cod.

The exchange was among the last 45 hours of private recordings Kennedy made, tapes which the The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum released Tuesday. They provide a window into the final months of the 35th American president’s life.

They include discussions of conflict in Vietnam, Soviet relations and the race to space, plans for the 1964 Democratic Convention and re-election strategy. There also are moments with his children.” — The Associated Press, Copyright 2012 The Washington Post Company

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