Cuban Missile Crisis: Day Seven
Monday, October 22, 1962: That morning, President Kennedy spoke to all three living former presidents (Hoover, Truman & Eisenhower), seeking their advice. He then spent the day with his advisors and the ExComm members, working out details for his address to the nation.
Then, at 7:00 p.m., he made a televised address, revealing the evidence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. He called for their immediate removal and announced the establishment of a naval quarantine around Cuba until the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle the missile sites. He also made it clear that no and to make additional missiles should be shipped to Cuba. Near the conclusion of his speech, JFK stated:
“My fellow citizens: let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out. No one can see precisely what course it will take or what costs or casualties will be incurred. Many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead–months in which our patience and our will will be tested–months in which many threats and denunciations will keep us aware of our dangers. But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.”
Listen: Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Crisis Address, 11:00 am Meeting on Diplomatic Plans, 11:47 am Meeting of Berlin Group, 3:00 pm NSC Meeting, &5:30 pm Meeting with the Congressional Leadership (& Cont.)