John F Kennedy Inaugural Address Essay

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John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a descendant of Irish-Catholics who had immigrated to America in the 19th Century. His Father was Joseph Patrick Kennedy; a business man who became a multimillionaire, head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ambassador to Great Britain. Joseph Kennedy and his wife, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, had nine Children with John as the second. He was named in honor of Rose’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the popular Boston Mayor who everybody knew as Honey Fitz. Soon after he was born, family and friends called this small blue-eyed baby, Jack. Jack as a child was never very healthy; he always suffered from one ailment or another. When Jack was three years old, they moved a couple blocks away to a new and bigger home to support the large family. Jacks father worked very hard to be successful…show more content…
Kennedy’s inaugural address vividly underscored the changing of the guard, while promising to uphold America’s commitments. It was one of the shortest inaugural addresses of this century and the most effective and memorable since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s in 1933. This address will always be remembered by those in attendance and the many millions more who watched it on television or heard it on the radio. In his first months in office, he painted a sober, grim picture of the world as he found it. America’s defenses were weaker and its position in certain international situations in greater jeopardy than he expected. He flooded Congress with request, held frequent and impressive press conferences, and proposed bold new national goals. Kennedy made an important innovation upon becoming president when he allowed press conferences to be televised live. He used these conferences and his personality, poise, and knowledge of government, to communicate directly with the public. None of his successors has felt it possible to abandon this practice though no one has done as well by
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