JFK chews out Air Force head for picture of expensive furniture

This is a recording of a phone call between President Kennedy and General Godfrey McHugh, the Air Force aide to the President.

Ever sensitive to public opinion, President Kennedy was horrified to open the paper one day and see a photograph of a navy aide standing next to an expensive new naval project -- a hospital bedroom that had been built at a base on Cape Cod, to be ready in case Jacqueline Kennedy went into labor with their son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy.

 Such an expenditure seems modest today, but Kennedy was irate at the cost and, even worse, the publicity involved.

 
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