Full Citation

  • Title The President, the Trip, the Cheers
  • Publication Title New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Collection New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Date Monday,  July 1, 1963
  • Issue Number 25025
  • Page Number 5
  • Place of Publication Paris, France
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The New York Times Company
J L.:. ,-r-■; "*fi ft - 'tlMl / q i mi*: 1 \ ' Y - , c I m ; ■: ^ • >v *e»#‘ m mm s'' ' } V i* Syi . m j m i *1* ml' i Wd 3 3? ?Sj *4*. ■* m ran m i K fV mm m •• .■* SB a m m :» I i >&■ V if* 9 : y m 3^. United Press International. WELCOME TO A FRIEND — Art students I Mayor Willy Brandt and Chancellor wave humorous caricatures of President Konrad Adenauer, through the confetti- Kennedy as he rides, accompanied by | filled streets of West Berlin on his tour. The President, the Trip, the Cheers “We want to drink a cup of tea to all the Kennedys who went and all the Kennedys who stay¬ ed.” Thus said John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States, last Thursday as he visit¬ ed his cousins in Dunganstown, Ireland. The speaker, quite evi¬ dently, was not only descended from those who went (to the United States) but was himself a Kennedy who went and kept right on going. It was the previous Saturday night that the President left on his ten-day European tour, which began officially when he arrived in Cologne, West Germany, on Sunday. Throngs of Germans— some said there were more than a million—sounded the week’s key¬ note as they lined the roads to cheer their important guest. The official host, outgoing West German Chancellor Konrad Aden¬ auer, was not as enthusiastic as the populace. He termed Mr. Ken- . nedy’s visit a “political act” and said it underscored America’s de¬ termination to maintain a rigid position in the cold war. Next day, the Chancellor and the President held two meetings and a news conference and issued an about-face communique saying their evaluations of the interna¬ tional situation apparently coin- • cided. Mr. Kennedy also held talks (in Wiesbaden) with Ger¬ many’s next Chancellor, Ludwig Erhard. ‘Need Your Freedom’ We will risk our cities to de¬ fend Western Europe, the Presi¬ dent said in a Wednesday ad¬ dress (before television cameras) in Frankfurt’s St. Paul’s Church. The reason he gave: “Because we need your freedom to protect ours.” Mr. Kennedy hammered away at his call for interdependence between the United States and a “fully cohesive Europe.” This appeared to be a slap directed at the French-De Gaulle way of look¬ ing at things. Strangely (despite the French- German treaty of co-operation en¬ gineered by Gen. De Gaulle and Dr. Adenauer), Wednesday was also the day that Bonn infor¬ mants said Dr. Adenauer and Mr. Kennedy had cemented United States-German relations in their talks. Then came West Berlin, and this was one of the wildest re¬ ceptions the President has ever received. Throughout his eight- hour visit, West Berliners leaped and shouted as he passed. They waved handkerchiefs and flags and threw flowers. His response: he told the crowd he was proud of being a “Berlin¬ er” because “all free men” are Berliners. And he used these dramatic words to explain, in part, what he meant: “There are t 1 mm v>) \ :ji$| J f f! HI £ m :*>v % j 1 ■M 1 3 ± x 1 Associated Press. KISSING COUSIN —President Kennedy receiving a warm kiss from one of bis Irish cousins, Mrs. Mary Ryan* many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!” Stood at Wall For a time, Mr. Kennedy stood at the Brandenburg Gate, look¬ ing toward East Berlin, held cap¬ tive by the mailed fist of the Communist wall. The President TsText * ji'g1 cl flew from Berlin to Dublin, where he got another tumultuous wel- come late Wednesday. Cries of “Welcome home, Jack!” mingled with delirious cheers rang out from the crowd of 20,000,per- sons at the airport, tens cf thou- sands along the six-mile route into the city, tens of thousands more along the capital’s streets. Said Ireland’s New York-born President. 80-year-old Eamon de Valera: “We welcome you as the Chief Executive and the first citizen of that great republic which is the hope of the world.” Next day—Thursday—Mr. Ken- nedy left affairs of state behind him and went on a sentimental helicopter-and-automobile journey across southeastern Ireland, home of his ancestors. His stops: New Ross, Dunganstown, After a day of more cheering and wild receptions, he returned to Dublin. Wexford. day. Cheering crowds followed him in both cities that day—the day he told Ireland’s Parliament Mr. Kennedy became a freeman of both Cork and Dublin on Fri- that “there are no permanent enemies. Hostility today is a fact, but it is not a ruling law.” Mr. Kennedy continued, in one of his most important statements on the East-West confrontation: “The central issue of freedom . . . is between those who believe in self-determination and those in the East who would impose on others a harsh and repressive Communist system.” The next day, Saturday, Mr. Kennedy left Ireland in the afternoon—and ar- rived by helicopter at the Sussex home of Britain’s Prime Minister Macmillan. Yesterday the Presi- dent moved on to Italy.