Saturday, October 26, 1963
October 26, 1963
JFK was at Amherst College in Amherst, Masssachusetts where he provided remarks at the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Robert Frost Library.
Kennedy, who disliked giving long speeches, spoke for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. He stated that he only knew Frost for the last 4-5 years of his life but said that he was,
“impressed by …. his toughness. He gives the lie, as a good many other poets have, to the fact that they are sensitive creatures that live in the dark of the garrett.”
JFK then went onto sayto laughter from the crowd that Frost used to warn him “not to the let the Harvard in me get too important.”