• Kennedy met with Robert Lovett, and they discussed appointments for Kennedy's administration.
• The Kennedy administration also drew support from Chester Bowles, who had contacts with the older Democracy Establishment, but Bowles' popularity soon faded.
• Kennedy represented the new crowd in American politics, and Kennedy had to compensate for his youth and inexperience by appointing older advisers.
• A number of candidates were considered for Secretary of State before Kennedy settled on Dean Rusk.
• Chester Bowles was the Undersecretary of State, and the administration came into office with optimism and momentum.
• With a reputation for elitism and intellectualism, poetry and small gatherings, the Kennedy administration brought excitement to the White House.
• Kennedy's administration did not get off to a good start, with the botched invasion of Cuba among other international difficulties.
• When France returned to Indochina in 1961, tensions began to escalate...
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