December 6, 1960 – JFK Comes Calling – The President Meets The President-Elect – Denials From The Congo – Jobless Figure Highest In 20 Years.
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December 6, 1960 – Busy day in Washington as President-Elect Kennedy came to the White House for a visit with outgoing President Eisenhower. Cordialities and non-stop photo ops as JFK readied to take the reins of the Presidency. Senator Kennedy had a 9:00 am appointment and was right on time. President Eisenhower went all-out for the reception as the two were getting to ready to meet for the first time since the election and it was planned to be a private consultation and briefing on what to expect after Inauguration. The outgoing and incoming News Secretaries, Jim Hagerty for Eisenhower and Pierre Salinger for JFK met and made their way up the White House steps ahead of the Presidential meeting. It was a historic meeting ahead of what would be an historic inauguration come January.
There was other news for this day – The Labor Department issued a report showed a survey that Unemployment for the month of November was expected to total more the 4 million; the highest figure for that month in 20 years. it also expected the jobless figure to top 5 million by January and nine more areas were added to the list of those with 6% or more unemployment.
In the Congo, Joseph Mobutu denied that former Premier Patrice Lumumba was being mistreated by Mobutu troops holding Lumumba prisoner. UN Secretary General Dag Hamerskjold asked Congo President Kasa-Vubu to permit doctors to examine Lumumba. Mobutu said there was no official request to see Lumumba, and added if there was one it would be rejected. Russia was going ask the UN to disarm Mobutu’s troops and to secure the release of Lumumba officially by the end of the day.
And the Soviet Newspaper Pravda published an article saying that war with the West was not inevitable; a paper victory for the Khrushchev line of Peaceful Coexistence, over the “War IS inevitable” line being promoted by the Chinese Communists.
All that, and a lot more for this December 6, 1960 as presented by NBC Radio News.