FauxPolitik

Saturday, November 16, 2002

JFK's Health: I've just finished the cover story in this month's Atlantic Monthly (sorry, no link available) about how terribly sick Jack Kennedy was all his life. From Addison's disease to incredible back pain to recurring, life-threatening infections, he never seems to have had a moment without intense suffering. Something tells me that this kind of sickness could no longer be kept from the public. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? It's nice to be informed, but to what extent is the president's health a distraction ... to us? Kennedy handled Kruschev with aplomb, but how far might ol' Nikita have pushed it if he knew how sick and weak Kennedy was?

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