A Rare Look At JFK's Off-Air Personality

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Fifty-one years ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while on a political visit to Dallas. Despite serving as president for hardly more than 1,000 days, JFK looms large in American memory.

To honor his life, we thought we’d share a rare glimpse of Kennedy’s off-air persona. In the clip above, dug up by MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Kennedy can be heard speaking candidly about that first televised presidential debate, in which Nixon could be seen sweating profusely. Kennedy is having his makeup applied before an NBC interview while he talks about how television was an advantage for him.




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