The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed is a documentary short about one of the funniest calls ever made from the Oval Office.

In July of 1963, the First Lady was pregnant. While the President and his wife vacationed in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the Air Force prepared a hospital room at nearby Otis Air Force base for the use of the First Lady, if the need arose.

Somehow the story leaked out that the Air Force completely refurbished the room, using over $5000 (nearly $40,000 in 2014 money) for improvements. This figure was printed in the Washington Post on July 25, 1963.

The President blew a gasket when he saw the story, picked up the phone, and immediately dialled an Air Force general at the Pentagon. The resulting conversation was captured for posterity by the White House telephone taping system.


President Kennedy places a salty call to his staff, questioning a potentially embarrassing expenditure. The blowback is hilarious… and a little haunting.

Screening History

Full Frame Film Festival 2014  
Audience Award – Best Short
Florida Film Festival 2014
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Shorts Night 2014
Boston IFF 2014
Maryland Film Festival 2014
Sydney Film Festival 2014
Oak Cliff Film Festival 2014
Special Jury Award
SF DocFest 2014
DC Shorts 2014
Jury Award, Best Documentary Short
Traverse City Film Festival 2014
Woods Hole Film Festival 2014
The Wrap Shortlist Film Festival 2014
Gold Coast International Film Festival 2014
New England Online Film Festival 2014
Bumbershoot One Reel 2014
Short of the Week, September 8, 2014
Williamstown Film Festival 2014
Gold Coast International Film Festival 2014
DOCNYC Film Festival 2014
OFFLine Film Festival. Co. Offally, Ireland  2014
Arizona Film Festival 2015 
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2015 
Port Townsend Film Festival 2015 
Landlocked Film Festival 2015 

Publicity Materials 

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The Bastard has now been written up in a few different places: