It’s John F. Kennedy week on the campaign trail, especially on today’s anniversary of Kennedy’s Oct 22, 1962, announcement of a quarantine of Cuba at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
First, Joe Biden invoked Kennedy, telling contributors that Barack Obama would be tested by some foreign crisis in his first year in office just as Kennedy was tested. He said some foreign belligerent would find “steel” in Obama’s spine, though he also suggested the public might not automatically warm at first to Obama’s handling of said emergency.
Then, the McCain camp invoked its side of the Kennedy legacy. They noted that Kennedy was tested first in 1961 when the Soviet Union thought the young president could be had, building the Berlin Wall and sending nuclear missiles to Cuba.
Also, McCain himself reminded voters that he was on the deck of an aircraft carrier, a young pilot waiting to bomb Cuba if the quarantine’s naval blockade didn’t succeed. His message: even if Kennedy’s management worked in October 1962, the country probably doesn’t want to invite another such test.
With that as a backdrop, Obama Wednesday works to look like a cool commander in chief, meeting in Richmond with what he calls his “Senior Working Group on National Security.”
Sure to include pictures and video with Obama surrounded by his wise men and wise women – watch to see if it looks eerily like a president at a cabinet meeting – Obama will meet with:
-Lt. Gen. John G. Castellaw (USMC, Ret.);
-Gen. Paul Eaton (USA, Ret.);
-Former Rep. Lee Hamilton;
-Amb. Richard Holbrooke;
-Gen. Geoff Lambert (USA, Ret.);
-Gen. Al Lenhardt (USA, Ret.);
-Adm. John Nathman (USN, Ret.);
-Former Sen. Sam Nunn;
-Sen. Jack Reed;
-Rep. Tim Roemer;
-Amb. Dennis Ross;
-Amb. Wendy Sherman;
-Brig. Gen. Jim Smith (USAF, Ret.);
Biden will participate by phone, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Sen. Gary Hart, and Susan Rice.