“And So My Fellow Americans, Ask Not What Your Country

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“And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your county” (MacSiccar, 1995, p. 46). People don’t realize that phrase was borrowed by JFK from one of America’s least memorable presidents, Warren G. Harding. The reason that quote is now remembered in today 's time is because of John F. Kennedy, one of the most iconic presidents ever, in his presidency and his life, achieved many accomplishments. Early Life Throughout high school history classes, we have discussed many of the past presidents who have had major impacts on America and how they have shaped this country today: John F. Kennedy represents one of those influential presidents. Before his presidency, John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s legacy…show more content…
Unfortunately, during the spring term he had to have an emergency surgery done and it was called an appendectomy and it caused him to not be able to finish the school year. In the fall, he was sent to the same college preparatory school as his older brother, Joe, Jr., had went to two years earlier: the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut. When JFK got there, his brother was already one of outstanding athletes and scholars in the school but JFK could never be either. His grades were low and he was too small to even make the varsity football team, then he was also troubled with a bunch of sickness, and to top it off, he was a little rebellious. He graduated in 1935 and was only ranked 64th out of 112 students. One year, while playing football, he ruptured his lower lumbar disc, this stopped him from playing football ever again and caused him lots of pain for the rest of his life. During JFK’s senior year at Harvard, he wrote a paper that all of his mentors liked and he graduated cum laude in 1940. Then a publisher that his dad knew published JFK’s thesis and it sold 80,000 copies. This was the first time he came out from his older brother 's shadow at the age of 23. The Navy In October 1940, JFK’s name was one of the first names drawn in the new national draft lottery, this didn’t bother John because he and his dad were strong believers in American military preparedness. JFK
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