David E. Bell

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President-elect John F. Kennedy stands with David E. Bell, professor of economics at Harvard University, as he announces Bell’s appointment as Director of the Budget in the new administration.

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Barrett McGurn introduces Bell.

David E. Bell, Administrator for the Agency for International Development, director of the Foreign Aid program under Kennedy.

Bell talks about the likelihood of the continuance of the foreign aid program. He defends the programs, saying that it has been a success in Europe, Greece, and Japan in the post war years. He mentions many countries in which aid will be soon ending, but also speaks of nations that may require continued aid assistance, such as Vietnam. He speaks specifically about how Foreign Aid relates to the United States budget (some critics have made claims that foreign aid is costing too much). He also talks about aid offered by other nations, such as the UK. While other nations do offer money, they have been slow to make loans and their requirements of borrowers make loans difficult.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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