JFK In 1962: Mom, Please Stop Writing Khruschev


Presidential historian Michael Beschloss posted this photo on his Twitter feed yesterday of a letter that President Kennedy sent to his mother in November 1962 regarding a photograph of Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev that she had previously sent to the Soviet leader asking him to autograph it as well. Keep in mind that Kennedy sent this letter mere days after the Cuban Missile Crisis had ended.

H/T: Lowering The Bar

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Franklin says:

    Amusing, but I’m curious if she regarded his plea in the future.

  2. murray says:

    This correspondence and the idea of “Mom” having a photograph autographed is indeed funny.

    Almost as much as the concept of … “presidential historian”.