On October 22, 1962 -- the same day President Kennedy appeared on television to announce the discovery of nuclear armed missiles in Cuba and the American response -- commedian and JFK impressionist Vaughn Meader and others recorded the smash hit comedy album "The First Family" which poked fun at Kennedy and his family quite gently by today's standards. From its release in November 1962, it went to top Billboard's charts in just two weeks, won a Grammy as album of the year, spawned a sequel, and Kennedy, himself, gave copies of the record to friends as Christmas presents and referred to it and Meader at times in speeches. But initially, many record companies rejected the album. James Hagerty, a former press secretary to President Eisenhower and an executive of ABC-Paramount records, not only rejected the recording, but warned that release of the album would be "degrading to the presidency" and that "every Communist country in the world would love this record."
The album also opened some ridicule to foreign leaders. In the skit, "Economy Lunch," French president Charles DeGaulle, West German chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and Soviet premier Khrushchev are putting in orders for a businessman's lunch from a deli. DeGaulle declares that he wants "duck under glass," and after being told that their having sandwiches, he orders a "duck under glass sandwich." Khrushchev demures that the president shouldn't order anything special for him, "I'll just have a little of what everyone else is eating." But when Adenauer orders an "western sandwich," Khrushchev demands the eastern half of Adenauer's western sandwich.
In the months before Kennedy's assassination (an event that also ruined Meader's life and career), did this comic view of the White House and its foreign policy have any negative impact to the US abroad, as Hagerty predicted?