One weekend in August 1963, Anita, Sally and I came up to see the President on a Friday afternoon. As soon as we disembarked from Andrews Air Force One at the air force base just outside Hyannis Port, we saw Jacqueline, John and Caroline. Spotting his dad coming down the ramp, John took off in full flight in his direction. The next day the papers carried a picture of John in full stride, one toe barely touching the ground and the other back up behind him as high as his head as he was rushing forward, to be caught in his father’s arms.
Walter Pidgeon sent the President a clipping with a quotation: “An unbound spirit, whose race has just begun…” Jack saw the picture and said with a smile, “Every mother in the United States is saying, ‘Isn’t it wonderful to see that love between a son and his father, the way that John races to be with his father?’ Little do they know that that son would have raced right by his father to get to that helicopter but his dad stepped into his path and grabbed him.” -RED FAY