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John F. Kennedy
President-elect John F. Kennedy Informs the Influential Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee That He Has Named Robert McNamara Secretary of Defense He asks for a meeting with the Chairman, Carl Vinson, whose approval would be required for McNamara’s nomination to be approved
13/12/1960. Thus did JFK bring “The Best and the Brightest” to Washington""You can't beat brains,"" John F. Kennedy liked to say, and admired people with strong credentials who were confident and incisive. When picking his cabinet and national security team, the dashing, youthful 43-year old President-elect chose a crop of the finest minds around: a proudly tough-minded crew of self-avowed ""hard-nosed realists"" and World War II veterans whom David Halberstam immortalized as The Best and the Brightest. Kennedy's aides, wrote Halberstam, “carried with them an exciting sense of American elitism, a sense that the best men had been summoned forth from the country"" to bring ""a new, strong, dynamic spirit to our historic role in world affairs, not necessarily to bring the American dream to reality here at home, but to bring it to reality elsewhere in the world.""Foremost among these Best and the Brightest was JFK’s choice for Secretary of Defense, 44-year-old Robert S. McNamara. McNamara, with an MBA from Harvard and military experience in the Air Force in World War II, had recently been appointed President of the Ford Motor Company. He was a registered Republican, though Kennedy’s vigor and ideas had attracted his support. McNamara’s rapid rise at Ford had been through the financial and accounting side of the business, where he was brought in by Henry Ford II as one of a team known as “whiz kids” right after World War II. Kennedy made the announcement of McNamara’s selection on December 13, 1960, from the stoop of his Georgetown home. In making public the s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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