JFK to NASA in 1962: "I'm not that interested in space"
Published: Thursday, October 04, 2012, 2:10 PM Updated: Thursday, October 04, 2012, 2:11 PM
Kennedy was motivated instead by beating the Soviet Union to the moon to prove the superiority of the America system. That much is well-known to historians. But to hear Kennedy's voice in an Oval Office debate with then-NASA Administrator James Webb is still extraordinary. That's even easier now thanks to the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, which just released annotated highlights from 260 hours of secret recordings Kennedy made in the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. Not even Kennedy's aides knew about the tapes.
"I think it is the top priority," Kennedy replies. "Some of these other programs can slip six months and nothing's going to happen. This is important for political reasons. This is, whether we like it or not, a race."
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