Welcome to the Monkey House

Who is President Kennedy from Welcome to the Monkey House and what is their importance?

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President Kennedy appears in The Hyannis Port Story The President only appears at the very end of the story, as he speaks out of his car window to Rumfoord and requests that Rumfoord light the Goldwater portrait. In the short exchange, Kennedy is drawn as a man with a sense of humor and subtlety. There is something ambiguous in the exchange; it is hard to tell whether Kennedy's tone is sympathetic and sensitive or cruel and exploitative.