interview with Florida senator George Smathers who was active during JFK's administration and worked with him. Smathers befriended John F. Kennedy and was a groomsman in his wedding, speaking on behalf of JFK at the wedding dinner rehearsal and reception. During the 1960 presidential campaign, Smathers was a favorite son candidate for the Democratic nomination. He later managed John F. Kennedy's campaign in the Southeast.
Journalist Roger Mudd recalls being the network representative in the press pool boat that tried to follow the presidential yacht with Smathers aboard in the early 60s. "Smathers was probably John Kennedy's best friend in the U.S. Senate. Together or singly, they were wolves on the prowl, always able to find or attract gorgeous prey . . . . It was a joke, our pretending to be covering the president, bobbing around in the ocean, squinting through binoculars to find out who was coming and going but always having our view blocked by a Secret Service boat just as another long-legged Palm Beach beauty climbed aboard." 
It was leaked to the press that an emerging scandal involving the corrupt activities of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson aide Bobby Baker, prompted President John F. Kennedy to privately offer Smathers the second spot on the 1964 presidential ticket and a plan to drop Johnson as his running mate.
recalls how people adored Jack Kennedy. JFK liked people and that came through to the people of the country. Smathers holds him in high regard as a human being and politician. He was loaded with charm. They were both elected to the house in 1946
George Smathers recalls traveling with JFK to Europe and Cuba. States that JFK did not carry money and was not one to offer to pay a bill. He never paid the check.
recalls how JFK often had time walking due to injuries from World War Two. States that JFK did not want to be a politician but wanted to be an author.
recalls how JFK studied to be a great speaker and politician.
part one George Smathers interview ends
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