JFK Asks His Mom To Stop Writing To Khrushchev

JFK's Asks Him Mom To Stop Writing To Khrushchev

A letter dated September 3, 1962 shows JFK asking his Mom, Rose Kennedy, to stop mailing Khrushchev for pictures.  What’s even funnier, is it looks like she sent the photos she received to her son so that he could sign them.

At the time, the U.S. had just launched the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961 and had installed an embargo against Cuba in February 1962.  A month prior to this letter, the U.S. become aware that the Soviets were building the missiles sites in Cuba.  The month after this letter was sent the U.S. would be involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis for almost two weeks.

His Mom’s response is pretty funny:

“I understand very well your letter, although I had not thought of it before. …When I ask for Castro’s autograph, I will let you know in advance!”

Source: [Buzzfeed] and [JFK Presidential Library]

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10 Responses to JFK Asks His Mom To Stop Writing To Khrushchev

  1. tkmorin says:

    Fantastic post! Ooh I love it! Thanks. 🙂

  2. History of Capitalism says:

    This is just too funny.

    • I love how the JFK library posted this for Mother’s Day. As if we’re all supposed to look at it and be thankful that our Moms didn’t mess with our Cold War plans. 😉

  3. itwasjudith says:

    a mom with a mind of her own 🙂 thanks for the insight!

  4. Gypsy Bev says:

    Rose certainly had a great sense of humor. It sounds like mother and son had a very good relationship.

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