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   We’ve come across what we consider the best, most clever, one-sentence endorsement of a human…ever.

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   Hint #1:  It is made by one author about another significant author.

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   Hint #2:  The context of the statement is very important.

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   Hint #3:  It took 36 special formal ballots¹ to elect the endorsed person.

 

   Hint #4:  The endorsement cited here took place 55 years ago.

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   For this endorsement, however, you must use the DOOR.

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   “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

 

–PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY, at a dinner in honor of all living recipients of the Nobel Prize, 1962.²

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   ¹ In February 1801, after a snowstorm hit Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr were tied with electoral votes for the 3rd President of The United States, it took Congress (with representatives from our then 16 states) 36 tries to get Jefferson the 9-state plurality to win the Presidency.

   ² Kennedy’s statement was used as an introductory note to the fascinating biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham (Random House 2013, paper, 759 pp.). Kennedy won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his Profiles in Courage.