The day after the fervour and excitement of the closest election for many a year, a restrained President-elect Kennedy made a triumphal motor journey, with Mrs.
GV. Kennedy moves along inside Hyannis Port armoury.
GV. Moves through applauding crowd.
GV. On rostrum.
SCU. Kennedy speaks (SOF) Starts "Ladies and Gentlemen I have received...." Ends "... With every good wish, signed John Kennedy."
TRANSCRIPT: Mrs. Kennedy: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I received the following wire from Vice President Nixon. In that wire it says "I want to repeat through this wire my congratulations and best wishes I extended to you on television last night. I know that you will have the united support of all Americans as you lead the nation in the cause of peace and freedom during the next four years." In reply to the Vice President, I sent him the following wire. "Your sincere good wishes are gratefully accepted, you are to be congratulated on a fine race. I know that the nation can continue to count on your answering loyalty in what ever effort you undertake, and that you and I can maintain our long standing cordial relations in the years ahead." I received also a wire from President Eisenhower which says "My congratulations to you for the victory you have just won at the polls. I will be sending you promptly a more comprehensive telegram suggesting certain measures that may commend themselves to you as you prepare to take over next January the responsibilities of the Presidency." I have sent to President Eisenhower the following wire. "I am grateful for your wire and good wishes. I look forward to working with you in the near future. The whole country is hopeful that your long experience in the service of your country can be drawn upon further in the years to come. With every good wish."
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Background: The day after the fervour and excitement of the closest election for many a year, a restrained President-elect Kennedy made a triumphal motor journey, with Mrs. Kennedy and his mother and father, to the Hyannis Port armoury. There he read a telegram from and to Richard Nixon, and one from and to President Eisenhower. Significantly, his telegram to Eisenhower "left open the door" for Eisenhowers continued service of America.