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July 2, 1962 - JFK Remarks on Restored Mantel in State Dining Room

July 2, 1962 - Here is a clip from President Kennedy’s remarks today at the dedication of the restored mantelpiece in the State Dining Room of the White House. In his speech, the President discusses the importance Presidents Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt placed on restoring the White House. The prayer President Kennedy refers to in his remarks was written by President John Adams: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”

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