One of the most influential presidents in United States history, John F. Kennedy was a brilliant politician and public speaker. In his inaugural address, he sparked hope around the world by discussing the hardships faced by all of society in the present time and then leaving them with a message of freedom, power, and hope. This measure of impact is not achieved easily; Kennedy masterfully utilized the art of rhetoric to emphasize his message and win the hearts of his people. In the middle of the speech, he discusses the dangers of the modern world and his drive toward international peace and cooperation. These messages are stressed through his use of charismatic language to signify his vision of a new and better world.
“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy said this famous quote in his inauguration speech on January 20, 1961. In his speech and during his campaign, he ensured the country that he would create stellar polices. His youthfulness brought hope to the country for a new age. This created confidence in his leadership and direction for the country. With this support behind him, he came into the presidency ready to influence change, in order for the country to thrive. In fact, the domestic policies he instilled did just this and if he had more time to gain knowledge on the Presidency, he could have made his foreign policies into great ones.
The inaugurations of presidents have always been momentous events in American history. These include the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Many Americans remember this day as the beginning of Kennedy’s legacy, one that revolved around uniting the people of the United States of America to work towards a positive future, as well as uniting the countries of the world. Kennedy’s inaugural address and a photograph, credited to the United States Army Signal Corps, of Chief Justice Earl Warren administering the Oath of Office to Kennedy uncover and emphasize how unity among Americans was a vital aspect of his legacy as President. Eleanor Clift, an American political reporter, shows in her article, “Inside Kennedy’s Inauguration, 50 Years On,” how memorable Kennedy’s inauguration is for Americans, and how memorable Kennedy himself is as President.
Politician and 35th President of the U.S, John F. Kennedy- more commonly known as JFK- in his inaugural address, encourages Americans to begin anew and prepare for change. Kennedy’s purpose is to fuse America in a united cause, and reassure them of their strength and power. This purpose is achieved through figurative language that aids the audience in visualizing Kennedy’s goals, and creates the desired optic emotion. He continues with feelings of patriotic pathos, and an inspiring tone to project to people of all status and origin, that unity is strength, and you can do anything when people help each other out. He focuses on the strength of individuals pooling together, to accumulate vigor as a whole.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 to November 1963. JFK (John Fitzgerald Kennedy) took office in 1961 while the Cold War was at its peak. Times were tough from America, with Cuba and Russia on the edge of warfare... JFK had just won the 1960 Presidential Race with only a miniscule margin of votes, thus making individuals question his ability to lead the nation into a good direction. However, at his inaugural address, John F. Kennedy utilizes rhetorical strategy, word usage, and emotion to obtain the American People’s trust.
In American history, we have been tempered by wars, disease and infections, racism, poverty and freedom equality. However as a nation we have come together as one and prospered. In his Inaugural Address given on January 20th, 1961, John F. Kennedy’s central idea was for the citizens of the United States to become involved in overcoming any challenges and prospering.
During Kennedy’s speech The United States of America was going through quiet a mess. America was facing horrible situations, such as the rise of The Cold War, The Great Depression, racial problems, fighting communism, the drought in peace, etcetera. America needed reassurance and that is for sure what Kennedy did. John f. Kennedy would comfort his fellow citizens with his Inaugural speech stating that there will be a change. He reached out by motivating people of this world that a changed needed to be made and these changes needed to become realistic, though it may not be in their life time but it all started with them. This was not only directed to the citizens of The United States but as well for the population of the world, everybody was important and America would unite together and help all others of the world in hope of peace. Doing this all by speaking such little words, straight to the point, being one of the shortest speeches a president of The United States has ever gave but making such an impact.
In John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, he says, “if a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” He also states the importance of helping others around the world who do not have freedom. John F. Kennedy wanted to create peace with all nations before everything would be destroyed by a nuclear war. Lastly, he tells the citizens of the United States and other people from different nations that they have the ability to determine their own success or failure.
On January 20,1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated into office. According to many, like Representative Charles Buckley of New York, this was the most outstanding inauguration in history. Within the three documents: Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 by John F. Kennedy, Inside Kennedy’s Inauguration, 50 Years On by Eleanor Clift, and Inauguration of John F. Kennedy by the United States Army Signal Corps, they show that day in diverse ways, but all hold a significant meaning. The styles of the three documents are widely contrasting. The contrast comes from the deviation in purpose, tone, and the effect that each gives to President Kennedy’s legacy.
John F. Kennedy will always be remembered for two things; his triumphant inauguration and his tragic assassination. After being sworn in, Kennedy gave the traditional inaugural speech. He addressed America, as well as the rest of the world, to inform them what his intentions were during his presidency. By referencing current events such as the Cold War, he was able to identify dilemmas in need of a remedy. Kennedy's overall message was meant to inspire his nation and convey strength and hope to the world abroad. At the beginning of his speech, Kennedy condensed his message. He stated the problems in need of fixing during his presidency while also proposing solutions for them. By doing this, Kennedy was able to evoke confidence from Americans that he will follow through with his claims. Kennedy used anaphora, allusions, and emotional appeal to create an effective argument in the first half of his inaugural speech.
President Kennedy always wanted above average and never wanted to settle for good, but for greatness. His inaugural address was his first step into greatness. He was a firm believer in unity and being together as one in this country. Throughout his short, but successful presidency, he shows how important togetherness is to make the country strong. January 1961, John F. Kennedy became the 35th president of the states and was giving his inaugural address. John F. Kennedy’s pathos, logos, and repetition in the speech allow the American people to be eager for his presidency and allow them to see the changes he foresees for the country during his term.
John F. Kennedy was our 35th president and was elected in 1960. The words he chose in his inaugural address were very patriotic and inspiring then and now. Many things in his address leads to patriotic points and comparisons.His words are very inspiring and makes a person want to help their country out. H gives examples of ways we can approve the lifestyle of all americans.
When a country is faced with a problem, whether it be violence, war, poverty, or any other dilemma, it is essential to stand united as a people. If the people become stuck in conflict with one another or fail to understand the need to work together in order to deal with the trouble at hand, they will fall. Political speech helps prevent this destruction by introducing the public to their problems, and then working out the steps to solve them. In John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961, he addresses the many problems that America was facing during that time, such as tyranny, poverty, and the country’s main adversary, the Soviet Union. Years later in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy, JFK's brother, would also give a speech that focuses on the importance of unity. RFK’s goal with his speech was to simply unify the country during its times of violence, and make Americans into citizens that works together instead of fighting against each other. Both of the Kennedys uses rhetoric such as repetition and allusions to support their overall need for their country and the world to unify against the issues they face.
President John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural address speech, claims that America will unify and assert peace, in and out of the country with the help of citizens who fight for liberty and protect their country. Kennedy supports his claims by applying rhetorical devices to create a good sense of optimism and community. The author’s purpose is to encourage his listeners to stand up and help others so that America can become a better, stronger nation.
"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country," is a well-known quote among Americans that has so much meaning behind it. John F. Kennedy was a president for the United States and loved among many American citizens. His speeches were always thought out and used many rhetoric devices to reel his audience in. Therefore, making his speeches brilliant and known the citizens of America. By going over the main points of rhetoric JFK used in his innagural speech like antithesis, pathos, and the theme one can realize how deep the speech actually is.