In Washington Dec 1, President-elect John Kennedy personally announced the appointments of Governor Williams of Michigan and Governor Ribicoff of connecticut as members of his administration.
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SCU Kennedy (SOF).."I have asked Governor Williams.......as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa."
CU Kennedy (SOF).... "He brings to that position.......that Governor Williams has accepted this responsibility."
SV Governor Williams replied (SOF)... "When I announced my decision......a further encroachment of Communism in the Free World."
CU Kennedy (SOF)... "it is with great pleasure.......... in both of these fields."
CU Governor Ribicoff (SOF).. "However, I really accept this appointment.........for the State of Connecticut."
SOF. KENNEDY: "I have asked Governor Williams of Michigan to accept the responsibility, second to none in the new administration, as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa. He brings to that position long experience, energy, compassion, and imagination, and devotion to the future of this country. This is the first appointment I have announced, and I am proud that Governor Williams has accepted this responsibility."
WILLIAMS: "When I announced my decision not to run for the seventh term as Governor of Michigan, I said I wanted to work for peace. The President-elect has offered me a great opportunity to work for that cause. What happens on the African Continent in the next few years is likely to determine whether the rest of this Continent will see an expansion of freedom or a further encroachment of Communism in the Free World."
SOF.. KENNEDY: "It is with great pleasure that I name Governor Ribicoff, old friend and distinguished public servant, to the first post in the Cabinet. Health and education are two matters of great concern to citizens of this country. As Governor of Connecticut for the last six years over an average of 74 1/2 of the budget of Connecticut has been devoted to health and education. Governor Ribicoff has had long and successful experience in both of these fields."
RIBICOFF: "However, I really accept this appointment with mixed feelings. I recognise the great honour and the great privilege it will be to work under the leadership of President Kennedy in the days ahead, and yet I have a deep affection for the state of Connecticut."SOF ENDS.
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Background: In Washington Dec 1, President-elect John Kennedy personally announced the appointments of Governor Williams of Michigan and Governor Ribicoff of connecticut as members of his administration.
The first major appointment outside his own White House staff, went to millionaire Governor G.Mennen "Soapy" Williams of Michigan. He becomes Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
Announcing the first Cabinet appointment later in the day, Mr. Kennedy announced that 50-year old Governor Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut would be the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Further appoinments were expected Dec 3.