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Thousands in Venezuela Give President Kennedy Cheering Send-Off

Dec. 17, 1961 - President Kennedy received a cheering send-off from thousands of Venezuelans this morning as he ended his 24-hour visit. Before his departure for Bogotá, Colombia, he said that his visit to Venezuela had “heartened our friends and confounded our enemies.” “We receive as friends those who are our friends,” President Romulo Betancourt said in bidding President and Mrs. Kennedy farewell. Before he left, President Kennedy placed a wreath at the tomb of Simón Bolívar, the national hero of Venezuela and five other Latin American countries. People lined the streets and waved good-by as the President’s motorcade to the airport passed the Avenida Sucre area, where former Vice President M. Nixon was attacked by a mob in May, 1958.

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