John F. Kennedy 's Speech

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“John F. Kennedy was elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States. At 43-years-old JFK became the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic to hold that office.” President John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1961. In his speech he addresses many issues faced by society during that time, as well as today. Kennedy expresses his presidential intentions by saying “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” John F. Kennedy’s speech was not substantial in length, but was successful none the less. The speech addresses all…show more content…
He supported this by saying, “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.” I believe when you think of politics normally the word corrupt comes to mind. However, I do not get that from President Kennedy in researching his speech and achievements. JFK is a key historical figure that will forever be remembered for his assassination, but we need to focus on all he has done for our country while in office. Some of the main topics associated with Kennedy’s presidency are the “launch of the Peace Corps, the New Frontier domestic program, the abolishment of the federal death penalty, the beginning stages of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, initiated Project Apollo as the first manned expedition to the Moon, and signed off on the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion” just to name a few. John F. Kennedy also mentioned on several accounts that if we come together as a whole we, as a country, can change the world. A prime example of this is when he says “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe” This statement is still true today, as well as still an ongoing issue. If we could all come together for the

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