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It would be difficult; the stakes were high- of the highest and most substantial kind - but he knew he would have to act. The United States could not accept what the Russians had done. What that action would be was still to be determined. But he was convinced from the beginning that he would have to do something. To 36 keep the discussions from being inhibited and because he did not want to arouse attention, he decided not to attend all the meetings of our committee. This was wise. Personalities change when the President is present, and frequently even strong men make recommendations on the basis of what they believe the President wishes to hear.
Johnson; Adlai Stevenson, Ambassador to the United Nations; Kenneth O'Donnell, Special Assistant to the President; and Donald Wilson, who was Deputy Director of the United States Information Agency. This was the group that met, talked, argued, and fought together during that crucial period of time. From this group came the recommendations from which President Kennedy was ultimately to select his course of action. They were men of the highest intelligence, industrious, courageous, and dedicated to their country's well-being.
We met all day Friday and Friday night. Then again early Saturday morning we were back at the State Department. I talked to the President several times on Friday. He was hoping to be able to meet with us early enough to decide on a 49 course of action and then broadcast it to the nation Sunday night. Saturday morning at IO o'clock I called him at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago and told him we were ready to meet with him. It was now up to one single man. No committee was going to make this decision.
13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis October 1962 by Robert F. Kennedy (auth.)