Saturday, March 15, 1958
March 15, 1958
JFK attended the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. Considered a “must attend” invitation by Washington’s power elite, JFK was invited to speak at the white tie event.
When his turn to speak came, he pulled a supposed telegram from his “generous daddy” and read it to the crowd of journalists, “Dear Jack, don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary because I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”
The crowd roared with laughter. Kennedy went on with a joke suggested by his attorney Clark Clifford.