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In a documentary called “Mountain Talk”, about southern Appalachia dialect, it was mentioned in passing that they didn’t know they were poor until Sargent Shriver and Billy Graham came and told them they were poor. Shriver’s father-in-law, Joe Kennedy (JFK’s father), was a Nixon supporter (except apparently when Nixon ran against his son).

Billy Graham asked Nixon for permission to lead the prayer for Shriver’s acceptance speech ceremony. Nixon told him no (see document at blog post bottom).

Billy Graham placed a call to the President late this afternoon… He had been called last night by Sargent Shriver, who asked him -based on their long and close friendship — to lead the prayer at his acceptance speech ceremony in Washington… he admitted that if he accepted, he would have to reverse his earlier decision and attend the Republican Convention… I mentioned the Graham matter to the President while chatting with him about some other things… The President listened carefully, then answered firmly, “He should not do it. You call him back and tell him that it would be tantamount to his having attended the Democratic National Convention. About a half hour later I called Billy and told him what had transpired, I could sense some disappointment. He asked me if I told the President about Shriver’s having acknowledged that he (Billy) was a Nixon supporter and that he would be voting, of course, for the President. I told him that that part of the story had been made clear to the President. Then he referred to his father-in-law, “a staunch Nixon supporter and an ultra-conservative if there ever was one”, saying, “He seems to think it would be perfectly alright for me to accept Shriver’s invitation. After all, I’m a clergyman and I would be there only for the purpose of leading those people in prayer… At 8.35 I called Billy and reiterated the President’s feeling (and advice). He said “Fine. Then that’s exactly what I will do“. (August 7, 1972)

Billy Graham apparently urged Ford to pardon Nixon:
BILLY GRAHAM REGRETS POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT, AGAIN” BY RANDALL BALMER JANUARY 31, 2011 https://religiondispatches.org/billy-graham-regrets-political-involvement-again/

In recent times Shriver is better known as the father of Maria Shriver, and the father-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sargent Shriver was married to Eunice Kennedy, so his father-in-law was Joe Kennedy, and JFK was his brother-in-law. Shriver worked on JFK’s 1960 presidential campaign and helped establish the Peace Corps. After Kennedy’s death, Shriver served in LBJ’s administration, where he is considered the “architect” of the “war on poverty”, as director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. from October 16, 1964 to March 22, 1968. Nixon was elected President in November 1968. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargent_Shriver In 1972 he was George McGovern’s second vice presidential pick, due to the work of Nixon dirty tricksters against Thomas Eagleton. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargent_Shriver

Both Shriver and JFK, his former classmate and future brother-in-law, were connected to the American First Committee, as was future President Ford: “The America First Committee (AFC) was the foremost United States non-interventionist pressure group against the American entry into World War II. Started on September 4, 1940, it put out mixed messaging with antisemitic and pro-fascist rhetoric from leading members, and it was dissolved on December 10, 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor had brought the war to the United States. Membership peaked at 800,000 paying members in 450 chapters.” It was founded by R. Douglas Stuart, Jr., along with other Yale Law students, including Gerald Ford, and Sargent Shriver. Shriver’s future brother-in-law, JFK, also supported and donated to it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_First_Committee

Nixon supporters (CREEP) planted a letter, which undermined Ed Muskie’s 1972 candidacy and helped pushed George McGovern more toward frontrunner. Roger Stone was a young member of CREEP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canuck_letter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Muskie Nixon apparently wanted to run against McGovern, who was considered too radical left (sound familiar?). Then Nixon operatives leaked McGovern’s VP candidate – Thomas Eagleton’s – medical records, and McGovern did a last minute change to Sargent Shriver for VP candidate. http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=thomas_f__eagleton_1

How Billy Graham Tried to Prevent JFK From Winning the Presidency” By Tim Ott, OCT 29, 2019, Biography https://archive.li/heC0S Trump’s preacher, Norman Vincent Peale, was more overtly in support of Nixon, against Kennedy, according to the article.

JFK’s father, Joe Kennedy, was a Nixon and Joe McCarthy supporter:
Kennedy used his wealth and connections to build a national network of supporters that became the base for his sons’ political careers. He especially concentrated on the Irish-American community in large cities, particularly Boston, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and several New Jersey cities.[55] Kennedy also used Arthur Krock of The New York Times, America’s most influential political columnist, for decades as a paid speechwriter and political advisor.[56] A political conservative (John F. Kennedy once described his father as being to “the right of Herbert Hoover”),[57] Kennedy supported Richard Nixon, who had entered Congress with John in 1947. In 1960, Joseph Kennedy approached Nixon, praised his anti-Communism, and said “Dick, if my boy can’t make it, I’m for you” for the presidential election that year.[58]

Alliance with Senator Joseph McCarthy

Kennedy’s close ties with Republican (GOP) Senator Joseph McCarthy strengthened his family’s position among Irish Catholics, but weakened it among liberals who strongly opposed McCarthy. Even before McCarthy became famous in 1950, Kennedy had forged close ties with the Republican Senator. Kennedy often brought him to his family compound at Hyannis Port as a weekend house guest in the late 1940s. McCarthy at one point dated Patricia Kennedy.[59]

When McCarthy became a dominant voice of anti-Communism starting in 1950, Kennedy contributed thousands of dollars to McCarthy, and became one of his major supporters. In the Senate race of 1952, Kennedy apparently worked a deal so that McCarthy, a Republican, would not make campaign speeches for the GOP ticket in Massachusetts. In return, Congressman John F. Kennedy, running for the Senate seat, would not give any anti-McCarthy speeches that his liberal supporters wanted to hear.[59]

At Kennedy’s urging in 1953, McCarthy hired Robert Kennedy (aged 27) as a senior staff member of the Senate’s investigations subcommittee, which McCarthy chaired. In 1954, when the Senate was threatening to condemn McCarthy, Senator John Kennedy faced a dilemma. “How could I demand that Joe McCarthy be censured for things he did when my own brother was on his staff?” asked JFK.[59]

By 1954, Robert F. Kennedy and McCarthy’s chief aide Roy Cohn had fallen out with each other, and Robert no longer worked for McCarthy. John Kennedy had a speech drafted calling for the censure of McCarthy, but never delivered it. When the Senate voted to censure McCarthy on December 2, 1954, Senator Kennedy was in a hospital and never indicated how he would cast his vote. Joe Kennedy strongly supported McCarthy to the end.[59]…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy_Sr

When Nixon decided to run for the U.S. Senate in 1950, young JFK handed his Republican friend a large campaign contribution from no less than the redoubtable Joe Kennedy Sr. A few years later, when Eisenhower tapped Nixon to be a vice presidential candidate, JFK wrote his pal a congratulatory note: “I always knew you’d make it to the top. I just didn’t think it would come this soon.” Excerpt from “SUCH GOOD FRIENDS“, By Douglas Brinkley, June 2, 1996, review of “KENNEDY AND NIXON The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America” By Christopher Matthews, The Washington Post: https://archive.li/ghZe0

Joe Kennedy was a friend of Hearst. Hearst gave JFK a job in 1945. In 1949 he is the one who puffed and promoted Billy Graham: “In 1939, Kennedy toured Europe, the Soviet Union, the Balkans, and the Middle East in preparation for his Harvard senior honors thesis. He then went to Czechoslovakia and Germany before returning to London on September 1, 1939, the day that Germany invaded Poland to mark the beginning of World War II… In April 1945, Kennedy’s father, who was a friend of William Randolph Hearst, arranged a position for his son as a special correspondent for Hearst Newspapers; the assignment kept Kennedy’s name in the public eye and “expose[d] him to journalism as a possible career”. He worked as a correspondent that May, covering the Potsdam Conference and other events.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy JFK visited the USSR in 1939 and was in the area (Europe) when Germany invaded Poland!! Russia/USSR invaded on September 17, 1939

JFK’s brother-in-law, Shriver: “He spent his high school years at Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut, which he attended on a full scholarship. In his freshman year at Canterbury he befriended future President John F. Kennedy. He was on Canterbury’s baseball, basketball, and football teams, became the editor of the school’s newspaper, and participated in choral and debating clubs.[6] After he graduated in 1934, Shriver spent the summer in Germany as part of The Experiment in International Living, returning in the fall of 1934 to enter Yale University.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargent_Shriver Why would Shriver be in Germany when Hitler was already in the midst of consolidating power? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler

Billy Graham was apparently very involved with Nixon’s Vietnam policy. It sounds like Nixon, Kissinger and Graham were hanging around like three peas in a pod: “A Babe in the Woods?”: Billy Graham, Anticommunism, and Vietnam” By Daniel Alexander Hays Eastern Illinois University, Masters Thesis, 2017 https://thekeep.eiu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3522&context=theses

The late Billy Graham met every US president since Truman, stayed in the White House on the eve of the Gulf War, and helped Hillary Clinton endure the Monica Lewinsky scandal“, by Áine Cain Feb 21, 2018, 6:46 PM, Business Insider: https://archive.li/mGMEE

The father-in-law mentioned is Billy Graham’s father-in-law. However, due to an initial misreading, we found the connections between Shriver’s father-in-law – Joe Kennedy – and Nixon.


https://www.nixonlibrary.gov/sites/default/files/virtuallibrary/documents/contested/contested_box_01/Contested-01-56.pdf