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Apr 26, 2022 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association released a new episode of the 1600 Sessions podcast today, “Incomparable Grace: JFK in the Presidency,” which delves into the book by the same title, also newly released today.

In this episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin speaks with the author, Mark Updegrove, President and CEO of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. Updegrove shares new historical perspectives on the Kennedy presidency and explores the relationship between President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson, the assessment of Kennedy among world leaders, and what might have been had the young President lived.

Watch the full video of this podcast episode here.

“One of the things I wanted to do is show Kennedy in all his flaws and foibles: standing on feet of clay at times, showing flashes of greatness at others,” says Updegrove. “You get a very fascinating portrait of a president who had achieved some greatness in his tenure, and was capable of additional greatness had he continued.”

“Mark Updegrove has interviewed seven presidents and written five books about the presidency,” said McLaurin. “His fresh insights into President Kennedy, not just as a man of history but also a man of grace, make this an important addition to the White House canon.”

The 1600 Sessions is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher.

To hear the full episode, visit The White House Historical Association has more information about President Kennedy on its special resource and biographical pages.

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The 1600 Sessions

In this podcast series, White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin interviews luminaries, historians, and eyewitnesses to history about America’s most famous residence and office—the White House. Each episode includes a prominent guest or guests to discuss varying facets of White House history, including insights from former staff and many other topical issues.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $100 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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