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John F Kennedy kept the cold war out of the North Pole.
That’s at least what he told Michelle, an 8-year-old girl who wrote to the him about being worried over Santa Claus being threatened by nuclear bombs from the Soviet Union.
The JFK Library Foundation in Boston released a video Friday displaying the text of the letter that Kennedy signed and sent to Michelle in 1961.
‘Dear Michelle,’ the letter reads, ‘I was glad to get your letter about trying to stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole and risking the life of Santa Claus.’
‘I share your concern about the atmospheric testing of the Soviet Union, not only for the North Pole but for countries throughout the world; not only for Santa Claus but for people throughout the world.’
‘However, you must not worry about Santa Claus. I talked with him yesterday and he is fine. He will be making his rounds again this Christmas.’
It’s funny though, that two days after the letter was postmarked to Michelle, Russia tested the Tsar Bomba, at 50 megatons the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.
The bomb exploded over Novaya Zemlya, a Russian archipelago located in the Arctic Ocean, just over a thousand miles from the North Pole.
Just goes to show the human compassion the president had. Even in times of great stress and turmoil, he took the time to calm a young girl.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!
K.R. and T.L.