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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1520
AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: Well, I am reading more and enjoying it less—[laughter]—and so on, but I have not complained nor do I plan to make any general complaints. I read and talk to myself about it, but I don’t plan to issue any general statement on the press. I think that they are doing their task, as a critical branch, the fourth estate. And I am attempting to do mine. And we are going to live together for a period, and then go our separate ways. [Laughter].
ATTRIBUTION: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, when asked to comment on the press in general, news conference, May 9, 1962.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 376 (1963).