Barbara Bush, such an intelligent woman, she’s got this guy’s number.
President Obama, speaking at the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library Thursday, talked about how no one comes to the Oval Office fully aware of just how tough the job is.
In closing, Obama recounted a story about John F. Kennedy confronting his Soviet counterpart.
“On the flight back from Russia, after negotiating with Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War,” Obama began, talking about a slip of paper Kennedy had carried in his pocket with a favorite saying on it.
Okay. We recall Kennedy got brutally pounded — and he knew it — by the wily commie. But maybe Kennedy got more disoriented than anyone knew and took a most circuitous route back to Washington?
After all, the only summit Kennedy and Khrushchev had was not in Russia, or anywhere else in what was then the Soviet Union, but rather in Vienna, Austria, in June 1961. (And Kennedy flew home via London, stopping to see Queen Elizabeth, writes historian Michael Beschloss in his book “The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev.”)