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anything that's been
Well, then I think it would behave you and the collected friends of medical research to
try and anticipate such appointments and try to get some friend in the office.
Well, you see, after all it was made a cabinet job only in '52. We had no influence
whatever with Eisenhower. Mr. Kennedy I was for only after the Convention and I didn't
know him well before the Convention, and he felt that the people who were for him only
after the Convention, no matter how enthusiastically, didn't have any real leverage with
him and with Sargent Shriver, who had a lot to do with the appointments.
Now, actually Ribicoff was one of the very early Kennedy supporters and could have more
or less what he chose to have, and he must have chosen this job, but as of the Convention
of 1960 there were at least four men that I knew fairly well who were all competing for
the “nomination,” and the one I knew least well was Kennedy. So, I would have had to be a
prophet to have done the right thing. There's no doubt that if I had been for him by some
other set of circumstances, I could have had enormous influence in the appointment because
he's not hostile to the area of research at all, nor is Sargent Shriver, who's extremely
intelligent, and so is his wife, Kennedy's sister. So, it's just the way it fell.
The Senate hearings for fiscal appropriations for the National Institutes of Health were
held in the spring of '61,
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