“Don't worry about Santa Claus. I talked to him yesterday and he's fine, ”wrote John F. Kennedy in the letter to the girl in 1961.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, United States, released the reassuring response that the then US President gave in 1961 to a girl worried about Santa. The child feared that the USSR would kill Santa with a nuclear test in the Arctic Circle.
“Please don't let the Russians bombard the North Pole. They are going to kill Santa, ”wrote Michelle Rochon, the 8-year-old from Michigan who wrote to the President, according to Russia Today.
“Don't worry about Santa,” John F. Kennedy replied on October 28, 1961. “I spoke to him yesterday and he's fine. He'll be touring again this Christmas, ”he said, although, like Michelle, he was concerned about the tests of the Soviet Union.
Their concern centered “not just on the North Pole, but in every country around the world; not just in Santa Claus, but in all the people of the world. ”
Two days after Kennedy's response, the Soviet Union met its test by launching what they called the "Bomb King," an artifact 1,570 times more powerful than those launched at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is still considered the most powerful artificial explosive ever detonated.
US President's Letter Among Festive-themed Archival Materials displayed this month at the library. Photographs of Kennedy celebrating White House festivities and copies of family Christmas cards are part of the collection.