65 years ago today - Nov 12, 1957

After his first meeting with John F. Kennedy, David O McKay recorded "I enjoyed my visit with him, although [I was] not too much impressed with him as a leader."

A little more than two years later, however, McKay had warmed up to the Massachusetts senator: "We had a very pleasant interview with Senator Kennedy, talking on various domestic and international subjects. I was very much impressed with him, and think that the country will be in good hands if he is elected as he seems to be a man of high character"

[McKay diary, November 12, 1957, January 30, 1960.; Gary James Bergera, "Weak-Kneed Republicans and Socialist Democrats": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 2, Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought, (Winter 2008, vol 41)]

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