Color him pretty.
May 21, 2012 9:54 AM Subscribe
Anti-JFK coloring book from the early 1960s.
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Talking Point Memo has posted photos of the New Frontier Coloring Book, a conservative satire of the Kennedy administration, discovered by a TPM reader.
- Abraham Ribicoff was Kennedy's Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (now split into Health and Human Services and Education) and one of the point men for Kennedy's proposal for universal health care for the elderly, or Medicare. Ribicoff left the administration in July 1962 to run for the Senate in Connecticut, which puts the date of the book at least before then.
- J. William Fulbright was a Democratic Senator from Arkansas, Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, and a supporter of Kennedy's Medicare proposal.
- John Kenneth Galbraith was US Ambassador to India and a leading liberal economist at the time. He was also very tall.
- Billie Sol Estes was a Texas businessman with ties to Vice President Lyndon Johnson who was discovered running an elaborate fraud involving nonexistent selling ammonia tanks to farmers, for which he was later sent to jail.
- "Urban Affairs" refers to Kennedy's proposal to create what would become the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- "Laos" refers to the Kennedy-backed agreement to keep Laos neutral in the then-brewing conflict in Vietnam.
- The "we couldn't get him" line refers, of course, to the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
I couldn't track down every reference--for example, what's with JFK wearing a coonskin cap on the cover? and why does Castro have a chicken on the last page?--so hopefully commenters can fill in the gaps.