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Is there any proof that President Kennedy...
« on: 18 September, 2017, 08:24:36 PM »

...bought over a thousand Cuban cigars for himself just before he made them illegal?
I presume this hypocritical act was a result of the Bay of Pigs incident but am not sure.

Did President Kennedy really buy a hefty stash of Cuban cigars for himself just before he made them illegal?
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Re: Is there any proof that President Kennedy...
« Reply #1 on: 23 November, 2017, 09:27:05 AM »

...bought over a thousand Cuban cigars for himself just before he made them illegal?
I presume this hypocritical act was a result of the Bay of Pigs incident but am not sure.

Did President Kennedy really buy a hefty stash of Cuban cigars for himself just before he made them illegal?

It looks as though it's true!  I just found this quote from Pierre Salinger no less, and it sheds light on just how two-faced President Kennedy could be when it came to his favourite smokes....

"Shortly after I entered the White House in 1961, a series of dramatic events
occurred. In April, 1961, the United States went through the disastrous error
of the Bay of Pigs (where Cuban exiles with the help of the United States government
tried to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro).

Several months later, the President called me into his office in the early evening.

"Pierre, I need some help," he said solemnly.

"I'll be glad to do anything I can Mr. President," I replied.

"I need a lot of cigars."

"How many, Mr. President?"

"About 1,000 Petit Upmanns."

I shuddered a bit, although I kept my reaction to myself. "And, when do you
need them, Mr. President?"

"Tomorrow morning."

I walked out of the office wondering if I would succeed. But since I was now
a solid Cuban cigar smoker, I knew a lot of stores, and I worked on the problem
into the evening.

The next morning, I walked into my White House office at about 8 a.m., and the
direct line from the President's office was already ringing. He asked me to come in
immediately.

"How did you do Pierre?" he asked, as I walked through the door.

"Very well," I answered. In fact, I'd gotten 1,200 cigars. Kennedy smiled, and opened
up his desk. He took out a long paper which he immediately signed. It was the decree
banning all Cuban products from the United States.

Cuban cigars were now illegal in our country."


https://www.cigaraficionado.com/article/great-moments-kennedy-cuba-and-cigars-7840
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