Read a letter from JFK to his mom

President John F. Kennedy. Credit: Getty Images
President John F. Kennedy had to remind his mother that contacting foreign dignitaries was a matter to be handled by the office of the president.
Credit: Getty Images

A letter tweeted Sunday by the John F. Kennedy Library in honor of Mother’s Day proves that even the mothers of presidents will do as they please. 

The November 1962 letter from then-President Kennedy to his mother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, requests that she get White House clearance before seeking signatures and pictures from foreign heads of state. The letter was apparently sent after Kennedy’s mother contacted Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev without notifying JFK’s office.

Kennedy’s letter appears to use the strongest words that a son possibly can — which aren’t many — when telling his mother that she needs permission before doing something.

The library did not say how the letter went over.

The full letter can be read below:

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


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