After the debate, Nixon was asked by reporters for his comments. "That f---ing bastard!" he cried. "He wasn't supposed to be using notes!"
[Nixon should rather have asked Kennedy to disavow his use of makeup (or followed his example). Nixon's grim appearance was widely thought to have contributed to his rout during the debates. Nixon was later asked what he thought of Kennedy's inaugural address. "It's easy," he said, "for Kennedy to get up and read
[Theodore] Sorenson's speeches."]