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President's Father Remains in Serious Condition

Dec. 20, 1961 - Joseph P. Kennedy remained in a serious condition tonight as a result of a stroke yesterday. President Kennedy (pictured outside the St. Mary’s Hospital) made three visits to his father’s bedside the hospital in Palm Beach today. An afternoon announcement by Pierre Salinger, White House press secretary, said: “While Ambassador Kennedy’s condition remains serious, the physicians have advised the President that they feel his father’s condition is such it is possible for the President to leave Palm Beach overnight.” It was understood that the physicians’ advice, and the President’s decision to go to Bermuda to meet with Prime Minister Macmillan of Britain as scheduled, were not so much an encouraging sign but rather a recognition that the elder Kennedy’s semi-comatose state might continue for days, even weeks, and there was little the President could do.

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