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New JFK Tapes Revealed

Kudos to NBC Nightly News for devoting significant time Monday night to new audio tapes from a Jan. 5, 1960 conversation with then-Sen. John F. Kennedy.

Brian Williams and NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss shared some clips on the television broadcast. Among other things, Kennedy discusses a recent vacation to Jamaica, how it helped him reconnect with daughter Caroline, and he admits he's not much of a natural politician.

A web-only edition has been posted on the NBC Nightly News Web site. Williams tells viewers that the audio recording was made by journalists Ben Bradlee and Jim Cannon and as Williams notes, "The very sharp-eared among us listeners can hear Sen. Kennedy's cigar cutter."

Among other things, Kennedy admits he first ran for Congress because, "it was a combination of being really at loose ends at the end of the war, of being reluctant to begin law school again, of having this rather political tradition which made it somewhat easier for me."

Pretty cool.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  October 14, 2008; 11:00 AM ET Hulu , Miscellaneous
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Kennedy was all right. Recently I ran into another possible reason for his assassination. Quietly, and without much fanfare or publicity, with his Executive Order 11110, he ordered the Treasury to begin printing non-debt money again..... in the form of the silver certificate dollars, as Lincoln had done in his era to pay for the civil war and keep the European Banking Cartel out of the American monetary system.

After Lincoln, it was 1913 before the Cartel were able to insinuate themselves back into control of our currency, by trickery, deceipt, and connivance with corrupt Senators, who passed the legislation creating The Federal Reserve and putting it (and them) in control of our money.

Kennedy's dollars, would gradually have driven out the debt based federal reserve note dollars, and the Fed would have been destroyed within two or three years. It was a very clever way to deal with them.


Unfortunately, he was assassinated 6 months after the Treasury began distributing the non debt dollars. Johnson, did not pursue the project. Johnson was not assassinated.

Posted by: victor compton | October 14, 2008 11:31 AM

whateverhesaid,whatever he did he was still thebest President in my lifetime

Posted by: kathy | October 14, 2008 11:44 AM

It always comes down to the Masons and the greed. They should be rounded up and hung for treason against the USA.

Posted by: askgees | October 14, 2008 11:48 AM

whateverhesaid,whatever he did he was still thebest President in my lifetime

He did bang Marlin Monroe. Who's da man!!!

Posted by: askgees | October 14, 2008 11:58 AM

He may not have been the best-evah but I get the impression that he did what he thought was right for the country, and didn't just act to enrich himself and his friends.

Posted by: rayy | October 14, 2008 12:59 PM

"Unfortunately, he was assassinated 6 months after the Treasury began distributing the non debt dollars. Johnson, did not pursue the project. Johnson was not assassinated."

Hmmmm. Think that's weird? JFK loved spumoni ice cream. LBJ never touched the stuff, LBJ was not assassinated."

God, I'm so sick of conspiracy nuts. Let's deal with reality, people.

Posted by: Lucky Lakeshore | October 14, 2008 1:02 PM

One of JFK's favorite lays was Mary Meyer, sister-in-law to Washington Compose editor Ben Bradlee. There is documented proof that during a dinner party at the White House (everybody dressed to the nines and Jackie reigning like a queen) JFK was upstairs banging Mary Meyer. It was rumored to be in Caroline's classroom. The 'lady' ended up a mysterious death walking along the C&O Canal.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 1:16 PM

Re Anonymous: "Documented proof" JFK was upstairs having sex? I assume you have video and/or sworn witnesses?

Actually, I wouldn't think documented proof would involve rumors of where the little orgy was taking place. Location should be part of the documented proof.

I might also point out that literally millions of people who never had sex with JFK have also died since 1963.

Posted by: EJB | October 14, 2008 1:33 PM

Kudos to M. Beschloss for this series of tapes - I loved the LBJ tapes. James Warren at the Chicago Tribune excerpts and writes fine commentary about them too. I could listen to these transcripts for days on end. Thank you.

Posted by: xtina | October 14, 2008 1:56 PM

Read 'Mrs. Kennedy' by Barbara Leaming and find out about JFK's non-stop womanizing, including during their honeymoon, when Jackie miscarried and during the births of her subsequent children. Also read about drug and LSD use in the White House and what a fine 'upstanding' man the President was. Yes, there was a witness who walked in on them.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 2:04 PM

One more thing -- Mary Meyer was murdered on the C&O Canal in Georgetown and her killer has never been caught. Just another one of the mysterious deaths surrounding JFK's assassination.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 2:13 PM

Try rating the last century's worth of Presidents on

(1) How well they performed in the office of
the Presidency.

(2) How many women they banged while in
office.

There's not a lot of correlation, and what correlation there is seems to be positive.

Posted by: oldhonky | October 14, 2008 2:15 PM

thank god the last kennedy is almost gone!!!

Posted by: admiral poopy pants | October 14, 2008 2:20 PM

The guys talking about the European Banking Cartel have no real touch with reality. If they are so powerful, how come the European banking system just melted down?

There really isn't anything called "non [sic] debt money". All currency is based on the trust of the issuing government. Get a life!

Posted by: wingnuts | October 14, 2008 2:20 PM

thank god the last kennedy is almost gone!!! now if the clinton's would just go away

Posted by: admiral poopy pants | October 14, 2008 2:21 PM

What I didn't get was the story how this tape was found. JFK's library says it has had it in its collection from Newsweek journalist James Cannon since at least 2001. The research material is open and copyright transfers to the US government upon Cannon's death. All information on Cannon says he is still alive. He was born in 1918 making him 90 now. Anyone have more information on his whereabouts now and what he might have to say about this recording? There is evidence that there was an additional interview done in 1963 at the White House...Has this been heard? Also, who discovered this "lost tape"? The story behind the story never really came out. The tape was fascinating though...and I say that JFK was the greatest President in my lifetime....so far.

Posted by: I was seven and I remember JFK | October 14, 2008 3:10 PM

Video? What Video?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 4:52 PM

JFK was the guy who refused to join MLK at the Lincoln Memorial and communicated with MLK via his rabbi.

Posted by: Lewisxxxusa | October 14, 2008 5:07 PM

That was a great video.

Posted by: Lewisxxxusa | October 14, 2008 6:15 PM

When I listen to JFK, I am reminded of how much we lost and how far we have sunk. But at least we had that golden time.

Posted by: Barbara | October 14, 2008 6:18 PM

What do the Mason's have to do with JFK's death?

Posted by: af | October 14, 2008 7:55 PM

IT IS TRUE, CATHOLICS DO TEND TO BE MORE INTO THE PHYSICAL SEX MORE THAN OTHER FAITHS. THEY BELIEVE IN BANGING JUST TO BE BANGING AND WITH ANYONE AVAILABLE. I THINK THE POPE WOULD KNOW MORE ABOUT WHY.IT IS REALLY A PHYSICAL THING.

Posted by: ESTELLA DAVIS | October 14, 2008 8:26 PM

"The very sharp-eared among us listeners can hear Sen. Kennedy's cigar cutter."

Wow. Amazing hard-hitting analysis there! Good journalism there, guys!

Can we cut the Kennedy hagiography already? What did his administration accomplish, other than Vietnam, Bay of Pigs, and nearly blundering into a nuclear war?

Posted by: JKP | October 14, 2008 9:05 PM

JFK Banged a bunch of hookers at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle during one of his stays. The head concierge of the Hotel arranged for the gals to show up. Say what you want about JFK. The man had any piece of tail that he wanted. If it worked for him thats great. Getting laid shouldnt disqualify someone from National office. Its the uptight losers who cant score tail that cause wars and strife. Jackie Kennedy obviously knew what was going on. No doubt she had to deal with JFK's constant veneral disease every time she went to the lou!!!

Posted by: Seattle Slew | October 14, 2008 10:19 PM

We have some very interesting tapes being released and then we have all these stupid comments.Most comments seem to be that way these days sad to say.

Posted by: DAB | October 15, 2008 12:51 AM

Interesting insight on one of the most extraordinary minds in my liftime. JFK was our symbol of hope, and that light has been dimmed forever.

Posted by: Bob M | October 15, 2008 7:13 AM

this is aload a pooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Posted by: josie willis. | October 16, 2008 5:12 AM

i retract my last comment, i have no intrest in this subject. only joking i love JFK , he is my heroo!
ya !
my heart lies with youu JFK. i love you forever & aand a day ♥ :] xxx

Posted by: Bob M | October 16, 2008 5:15 AM

i dont like this, it makes me cry. i actually love JFK. hes a hero.Why did jack ruby kill him ? (u). i looked up yo him ♥// Words cant describe.
Rip JFK.

Posted by: Samantha w | October 16, 2008 5:36 AM

Posted by: scared4all | October 16, 2008 7:55 AM

"The very sharp-eared among us listeners can hear Sen. Kennedy's cigar cutter."

Wow. Amazing hard-hitting analysis there! Good journalism there, guys!

Can we cut the Kennedy hagiography already? What did his administration accomplish, other than Vietnam, Bay of Pigs, and nearly blundering into a nuclear war?

Posted by: JKP | October 14, 2008 9:05 PM

Let me tell you what he accomplished. He kept us out of a Nuclear war. The blundering was on the part of the military brass. But most importantly by stopping that war we all went on living. That means someone brought you into life in a democracy so you could show us all just how really stupid you are. I am sure your parents would be so proud of your assinine comments. go somewhere and grow up.

Posted by: thatsnuts | October 16, 2008 3:49 PM

It just kills me when I read these comments especially from the rightwingers who half the time don't know what they are talking about and always have there mind on sex. JFK, Bill Clinton. All they can talk about how they hate them and how they were sex addicts. To this very day with all the so-called rumors about all the women JFK slepted with, there is not one valid and I mean valid piece of evidence that JFK had affairs other then what people who claim to have had sex with him or witnessed him having sex such as the dinner party post. You would think JFK was a young fully energized 18-21 year old 100% physical,healthy,a universal champion stud. But in reality, this man could barely walk without overwhelming pain though out his back due to illnesses and war injuries. I bet you didn't even know that this man was so close to death in 1952, he was given his last rites believing he would not survive. Try reading a little history on the man rather then listen to the BS that Americans and rightwingers so well crave. In regards to the JKP's post, rather then knocking JFK, if he was alive today you along with everyone else including me should be thanking him that we are alive and here today.If he did what the Joint Chiefs of Staff wanted him to do, invade Cuba start WWIII, well I think you get the picture ( Cuban Missle Crisis). In regards to the Bay Of Pigs, that goes back to Eisenhower whose administration planned back in 1959 to overthow Castro. Kennedy was lied to by the CIA, setup, insured that the plan was failsafe and that US Military intervention would never be necessary. Kennedy made a grave mistake in trusting Allen Dulles who he later fired. Dulles hated Kennedy as well as J Edgar Hoover who Kennedy should of gotten rid of as well. Both were staunch Republicans.Imagine that Allen Dulles was in charge of the Kennedy assasination, what a joke.
In regards to Vietman, again,if Kennedy had lived and been reelected, no Vietnam War. By the end of 65, Kennedy would have removed all US Involvement. Not if the Joint Chiefs of Staff had there way in which they made sure they did. In 1963 we had nothing but advisors which eventually led to 16,000 soldiers fanned out into the Vietnam's countrys side with a total of 100 soldiers being killed. Again, read your history books, our involvment started during the Eisenhower years with the conflict of Indochina.
I could go on for days but I don't do history lessons, but I hated when people talk about things they have no idea what they are talking about.

Posted by: Rick F | October 20, 2008 5:54 PM

Right on!

Kennedy was all right. Recently I ran into another possible reason for his assassination. Quietly, and without much fanfare or publicity, with his Executive Order 11110, he ordered the Treasury to begin printing non-debt money again..... in the form of the silver certificate dollars, as Lincoln had done in his era to pay for the civil war and keep the European Banking Cartel out of the American monetary system.

Posted by: VB | October 21, 2008 10:35 AM

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