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McCone Sworn In as C.I.A. Director

Nov. 29, 1961 - President Kennedy looked on today as John A. McCone (left), Los Angeles industrialist, was sworn in as director of the C.I.A. at a White House ceremony. “We want to welcome you here and to say that you are now living in the bull’s eye, and I welcome you to that spot,” Mr. Kennedy told Mr. McCone. Members of the Cabinet and Allen W. Dulles, Mr. McCone’s predecessor as C.I.A. director, attended. Justice Earl Warren administered the oath. Mr. McCone told the audience of his deep appreciation for the confidence the President expressed in making the appointment. He went on to say he was not unmindful “of the very difficult task it would be, following in the footsteps of Allen Dulles.”

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