Critique of Kennedy's Inaugural Address

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Critique: Kennedy’s Inaugural Address John F. Kennedy was the 35th President from 1961 until his untimely demise until 1963. His victory over Richard Nixon set him in the office as the second youngest President. He was President during the cold war with events such as Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, and the early stages of the Vietnam War. Kennedy’s use of military power was dominated by confrontations with the Soviet Union in the early stage of the Cold War which he showed in his Inaugural Address. During his Inaugural Address he states he is ready to assist and defend any nations in need and won’t back down from any threats that may face the nation. Kennedy also suggest at the same time he is ready to negotiate and come to terms with those opposing nations. His main points of his speech were to restore American Prestige and to show dominance worldwide. My opinions on this speech are mixed, Kennedy did a great job and undoubtedly one of the greatest Inaugural Addresses of US history, but he set the bar high, he talked about big ticket items that made it seem like he wasn’t afraid to police the globe. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address was strong and had many strong views. Kennedy stated he was ready and willing to face any opposition that arose to the Americas and its neighbors, not just United States alone. He aimed his speech at dealing with tensions that arose and were beginning to rise during that time period. He let the world and American citizens know he wasn’t going to play games. In many views the address was meant to be heard in Moscow, with strong combinations of words directed at the “success of liberty”. This paved the way to defend his interests around the world and the spread of American ideals on a worldwide basis. With statements such as “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us

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