JFK Library releases last of president’s recordings

BOSTON (AP) – President John F. Kennedy's library is releasing 45 hours of secretly recorded meetings and phone calls.

They provide a window into the final months of his life. The tapes being released Tuesday include discussions of conflict in Vietnam, Soviet relations and the race to space. They describe plans for the 1964 Democratic Convention and his re-election campaign.

The recordings also capture JFK introducing his young children to the Soviet foreign minister. In a scheduling discussion three days before his assassination, JFK also eerily comments on what would become the day of his funeral. He says, “Monday? Well, that's a tough day.”

The tapes are the last of more than 260 hours of recordings of meetings and conversations JFK privately made before his death in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Click here to listen to the recordings.