September 20, 2012
Tapes reveal what we already knew: JFK lied about health
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in celebrated company when it comes to unloading candid pre-election comments behind closed doors.
A newly unearthed audiotape of Democrat icon John F. Kennedy — captured in January 1960, and just days after he announced he would run for president — could have scuttled his chances if released back then.
The unguarded remarks offered up during a dinner with wife Jacqueline and close friends when he was a Massachusetts senator include his admission he lied to the press about being sick.
In the tapes, openly recorded by friend and journalist James M. Cannon, Kennedy admitted he was trying to keep his Addison’s disease, a disorder impacting the adrenal glands, out of the press.