President Kennedy met with approximately 80 students and faculty members of the Brazilian War College at the White House on October 30, 1962.
Originally scheduled to be held in the Rose Garden, rain forced the gathering under the narrow cover of the West Wing Colonnade. Having had to cancel a planned visit to Brazil because of the outbreak of the Cuban crisis, Kennedy told the visitors that this was at least an opportunity to meet with Brazilians. He delivered brief remarks to the group. Without mentioning Cuba by name, he praised Brazil participation in hemispheric solidarity “in these recent days” and expressed hope that that the U.S.-Brazilian partnership would continue.1
- “Remarks to Students and Members of the Faculty of the Brazilian Escola Superior de Guerra,” 30 October 1962, in Public Papers of the President: John F. Kennedy: 1962 (Washington, DC: U.S. GPO, 1963), doc. 496; “JFK Greets 80 of Brazil War College,” Washington Post, 31 October 1962. ↩