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    Richard Nixon Signed Bill Pause Cartoon Inscribed to John F. Kennedy. One page, 10" x 14.25" (sight), [Washington], [1960]. During his time in the United States Senate, Jack Kennedy occupied the office directly across the hall from Vice President Richard M. Nixon. According to Nixon, the two were "political opponents but not political rivals," but during the campaign for the presidency, all that was to change.

    In this light-hearted pen, ink, and crayon illustration, we see Nixon and Kennedy peeking around there doors at each other. At the lower left, artist Bill Pause, whose cartoon appeared in the Washington Post in 1960, has inscribed, "To Sen. John Kennedy/With kindest regards/Bill Pause." Directly below the cartoon, Nixon has added a further inscription at Kennedy's insistence: "To my friend & neighbor Jack Kennedy with best wishes for almost everything! from Dick Nixon." Light soiling around the edges, else fine. Matted to an overall size of 16" x 20".

    Nixon and Kennedy had both been elected to Congress in 1946 and the two men became fast friends. At one point, Kennedy's conservative father, Joseph Kennedy, contributed, through his son, $1000 to the reelection campaign of Nixon. Nixon staffer William Arnold recalled the event: "He [JFK] explained that the check should be used in Nixon's campaign for senator, that it's [sic] intention was due partly to admiration for Nixon and partly to a preference for Congressman Nixon over Congresswoman Douglas." During the 1960 presidential race, however, Kennedy's tone toward Nixon changed, hurting Nixon deeply. In his book, "The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon," author Anthony Summers summarized the change in Nixon: " would be replaced by disillusion and resentment--and something as close to hatred as is possible in one who has once loved." Kennedy went on to win what was one of the closest presidential elections of the twentieth century.

    Provenance: Forbes Collection, 2002.

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