At one point during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Kennedy reached into his pocket and read aloud a verse he attributed to a Spanish torero or matador:
Bullfight critics, row on row,
Crowd the enormous plaza full.
But only one is there who knows,
And he’s the one who fights the bull.
— Adapted from High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Max Frankel, Ballantine Books.