Most modern presidents have had a say in where their presidential library is located. Designed to house the papers of the President and White House staff and controlled by the National Archives, these institutions become invaluable resources for presidential historians.
But there’s no firm rule on where they should be located. Ties to a local area help, not the least for fundraising — presidential libraries are expensive to create.
Birthplaces and childhood homes are popular. Dwight Eisenhower’s Library envelopes his farmhouse boyhood home in Abilene, Kansas. Richard Nixon’s surrounds the house where he was born and grew up in Yorba Linda, California. But Barack Obama’s presidential library is planned for Chicago, a place he spent much of his adult life but not childhood. …
In a discussion caught on his secretly recorded White House tapes, President Kennedy thinks through the problem of what kind of Soviet military presence in Cuba the United States could and could not live with.
The Cuban Missile Crisis ostensibly ended on October 28, 1962. On that day, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba.
But the missiles and other military equipment and troops didn’t magically disappear from the island that day. For weeks, and even months, there was still a formidable Soviet military presence in Cuba that included long-range nuclear bombers, several types of shorter-range missiles (some of which were nuclear-capable), and a sophisticated air defense system, advanced MiG-21 fighter jets, along with tanks, artillery, armored personnel carriers, and other equipment related to the deployment. …
Next time you need an excuse for being late for a meeting with the President, try this one. It’s the one U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson used when he arrived late to an important December 17, 1962 ExComm meeting at the White House.
It was caught on tape by JFK’s secret White House taping system.
Stevenson’s presence at the meeting was crucial — the focus of the discussion was an offer of a squadron of U.S. planes to back the faltering Congolese government. Only three days earlier, Stevenson’s absence from an earlier White House meeting on the topic had resulted in a garbled offer being conveyed to the United Nations, a breakdown in communication, and an annoyed U.N. …