The American Lake
In This Chapter
• Doing the “vision thing”
• Money changes everything
• Brother Bobby and brother Teddy
• Camelot passes
In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson said President Reagan just didn’t have it. Because he didn’t have it, Jackson proclaimed that he’d rather have “one day of Franklin Roosevelt in a wheelchair than four more years of Ronald Reagan on a horse.” Jackson was referring to what President George Herbert Walker Bush later called “the vision thing.” Franklin Roosevelt had “the vision thing,” and to John Kennedy, “vision” was all-important in foreign policy.
To John Kennedy, his cabinet, and most foreign policy analysts of the early 1960s, Vietnam had been one ...