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The Time JFK Called the Air Force to Complain About a 'Silly Bastard'
Jul 26, 2014
President Kennedy was irate about the story—"What the hell did they let the reporters in there for?" he asked on a phone call recorded in the Oval Office. "Are they crazy up there?"—and the brunt of his anger was directed toward Ernest Carlton, a lowly public information officer who worked on the base. "He's a silly bastard!" Kennedy says in the recording. "I wouldn't have him running a cathouse!"
In 2013, filmmaker Scott Calonico tracked down Carlton, who now lives in Tampa, and played Kennedy's call for him. (He had never heard it.) His reaction? A lot of laughter, and a barb of his own: "I could probably run [a cathouse] better than the U.S. government could."
Author: Chris Heller
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