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    John F. Kennedy: Annotated Press Copy of His Inaugural Address. This is a seven-page mimeograph copy of the "Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy President of the United States." It was issued by the Kennedy Press Office and Press Secretary Pierre Salinger to journalists to preview. Recipients were prohibited from leaking contents of the speech prior to Twelve Noon on the day of the inauguration. This copy was the property of Charles R. McDowell of the "Richmond Times-Dispatch" who would later become a "regular" on PBS's "Washington Week in Review". McDowell has made numerous corrections and edits to the speech, including deletions and repositioning of sentences. Newly-elected presidents have traditionally put a great deal of effort into their first (and sometimes only!) inaugural address, often consulting with colleagues and professional speechwriters. In this case, it appears the advice of notable journalists may have been solicited. An alternative scenario is that McDowell simply recorded the changes that Kennedy made after the fact. There were, we are told, a total of seventy-seven such changes between the advance copy of the speech and the actual speech, as delivered. The speech is sold together with a first edition copy of "Profiles in Courage", lacking dust jacket, with soiling and some annotations and highlighting, presumably by McDowell.


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    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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