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In this outstanding memoir, John F. Kennedy's closest consultant recounts in complete for the 1st time his event counseling Kennedy in the course of the such a lot dramatic moments in American background. Illuminating, revelatory, and gripping, Counselor is the intense, long-awaited memoir from the striking guy who formed the presidency and the legacy of 1 of the best leaders the US has ever known.

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Kennedy, O’Donnell’s hero. I had consistently thought of Kenny a chum. Even now, i don't be aware of what I did to offend him. used to be it my reticent reserve or lack of ability to schmooze? used to be it simply because i used to be an intruder one of the Irish-Catholic politicians from Massachusetts who idea that they had a proprietary stake in Kennedy’s candidacy and presidency? used to be it simply because Kenny, having served in our militia, strongly disapproved of my registration for noncombat provider? used to be it simply because, as Dick Goodwin wrote, Kenny appeared me as a “less stalwart loyalist” than himself? I’ll by no means understand. again within the Senate days, JFK taught me that the right way to cease a intended pal from privately badmouthing you is to “let him understand you recognize. ” Now it’s too overdue. The White condo, via its very nature, invitations factions and dissension. these positioned within the East Wing envy these within the West Wing adjacent the president’s workplace; and people situated around the road within the govt workplace construction envy these within the West Wing, simply as these within the basement envy these at the major ground. a few have perks that others do not—White apartment mess privileges; using White condominium autos with army drivers; seats on Air strength One while the president travels; attendance at conferences of the cupboard, nationwide safety Council, and different formal our bodies; a spot at the distribution record of the CIA morning briefing paper; assistants and deputies in their personal; an assigned stenographer or secretary; and a wide workplace. lucky sufficient to were granted all these perks, I had no cause to bitch. I by no means did, yet neither did I listen of lawsuits from others, in particular approximately me. My family members with my White apartment colleagues continually appeared pleasant and harmonious. It was once no longer a White condo utterly loose from specialist jealousy, own transformations, and low festival for both turf or the president’s ear. no longer every body at the White residence employees beloved, less socialized with, every person else. yet i will be able to in truth say that, on the time, I knew of no own feuds in the Kennedy White condominium; the truth that JFK made no point out to me of any feuds or resentments other than Dick’s leads me to think that he additionally knew of none. in the course of my White condo years, the single department i'll have brought up used to be the press-created department among the Professors (Heller, Wiesner, Bundy, Schlesinger, and me) and the Politicians (O’Donnell, O’Brien, Salinger, and Dungan). Social and leisure actions after hours—of which there have been few—were more likely to be limited to 1 workforce or the opposite. at the day of the inauguration, Time journal mentioned: “A present Washington parlor video game is guessing approximately while the close-knit Kennedy group will break up in a fight for effect among best Aide Ted Sorensen’s concept males and Patronage Adviser Kenny O’Donnell’s specialist politicians. ” again then, i assumed this department used to be insignificant. i used to be improper. It seems that my outdated good friend Ralph Dungan additionally had resentments, courting again to the times once we labored jointly within the Senate, which he exact in his 1964 oral heritage for the Kennedy records: now not a truly friendly operating adventure for the second one guy…a nice hassle of getting any type of a right away courting with John Kennedy…Ted’s oppressive character grew to become extra reported as time went on…his sharpness of demeanour, his brusqueness, rude, no longer the warmest human being…If something impaired his courting with the vital, Sorensen could pitch anyone over….

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