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President Kennedy Arrives in Palm Springs, Calif.

Dec. 8, 1962 - President Kennedy, tanned and smiling, arrived in Palm Springs, Calif., today for 36 hours of relaxation and seclusion following an inspection trip of military might that spanned half the continent. His jetliner touched down at the airport on the edge of the desert resort at 12:10 p.m. A crowd estimated at 5,000 by Police Chief August Kettman gave a rousing cheer as the President stepped from the plane into the bright desert sun. Mr. Kennedy’s arrival came after he inspected nuclear installations near Indian Springs, Nev., earlier today. He started the trip Friday with a tour of Strategic Air Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha and is scheduled to fly back to Washington tomorrow. The President has said he does not intend to move from the loaned ranch home of singer Bing Crosby at Silver Spur Ranch until his departure — except for attendance at church this morning. Mr. Kennedy also stayed at the secluded Crosby home at nearby Palm Desert last March on his only other trip to the desert since taking office. He will have only a few visitors, including his brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford, and his sister, Pat, who also were in Palm Springs.


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