“He had this desk in the Oval Office which belonged to a sea captain. I just remember the inside of it you could climb around. There were kind of cavernous spaces in it, and we used to just hang out in there. And he used to give us gum. My mother didn’t like us to chew gum, so we’d go in the Oval Office at night, and he’d feed us gum under the desk.”
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, we’re celebrating JFK’s most poignant quotes — like this one, said at the opening of a USIA Transmitter in Greenville, N.C., February 8, 1963.