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John F. Kennedy

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When discussing former Presidents of the United States and the topic of greatness, there should not be a single breath wasted before the name Kennedy name is mentioned, for John F. Kennedy was a man of greatness. A man should be judged not by where he is, but by where he's been. That is to say, what a man has done to achieve his status should be celebrated more than the status itself. Kennedy was born into a rich family, raised in a comfortable environment, and schooled by only the best of educators. He served his country in the Navy, and represented his country with honor whenever he left the United States. John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was a great president because of his education and numerous experiences in life, his charm and charisma, and his strong family background. The first years in the life of a young person can be quite overwhelming. Nothing was special or different for future president John F. Kennedy. He faced trying times in his younger days, most notably the ones before graduating from Harvard University. His time there will be remembered fondly, although some experiences he had are none too fond of memories. His first year of school was almost deadly; John fell ill with jaundice, and had to withdraw from school for a year to rehabilitate1. Harvard was never John's first choice; he attended Princeton the first few months of his academic life. But once he fell ill with the jaundice, he never returned. After recuperating from his illness, his first year at Harvard was almost another disaster. John's grades were poor; he didn't make any varsity athletic teams; he received only a few votes in the running for freshman class president. John's first year was one that would send many a rich boy running home to his parents. But John was resilient, and refused to let up, although his second year was barely any better. ...read more.

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It helped him throughout his presidency, seeing as how few presidents possessed the good looks that he did. During the 1950s, the world was changing, and America was leading the way. The second World War had come to an end, and countries around the world were ready to start anew. America was ready to assume the role as the most powerful country in the world, as its ways began to change as well as its attitudes. Women were entering the work force in full force, families were moving from the cities into the suburbs, men were working nine to five, while their wives were taking care of the children and their home. Yes, the country was changing, and so were the attitudes of Americans. They were in need of a new man as their head of state. They were in need of some fresh, new ideas and some new blood. The man to do the job was John F. Kennedy. Kennedy came in and changed the way a man presides over a country. Kennedy won the presidency by the most narrow of margins-one tenth of 1 percent. 13He was the first Catholic president in the history of the United States. He was the youngest man ever elected to the presidency.14 The 35th, first Catholic, president ended his inaugural address on January 20 in 1961 with the following words: "My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." 15 Kennedy was looking for change, to shake things up. During his inauguration, he said: "Those nations who would make themselves our adversary, let us begin anew the quest for peace."16 He provided the outlook of America necessary for it to become the nation it could one day become. An elder statesman could arguably have done a better job as president, but who's to argue? ...read more.

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But, "More and more government officials were brought into the discussions, and finally word began to seep through to the press that a serious crisis was imminent."27His brother Robert, a former Senator, later wrote a book recounting the events and describing Kennedy's ability to make wise, intelligent decisions during the time of crisis. Kennedy remained poised throughout; he never lost confidence in himself or his decisions. John F. Kennedy was ready. Every day of his life he had been living to the fullest, expecting to die one day. His oldest brother had died young, and so had his sister, Kick. John knew how precious life was, and not for one minute did he believe he could escape it. Barely through one thousand days in office, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. On November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy as he was being chauffeured through uptown Dallas, along with his wife Jacqueline and Vice President Lyndon Johnson and Mrs. Johnson, as well as Senator Ralph Yarborough. The nation mourned for days. Kennedy was the fourth President to be assassinated in American history. An investigation was held, and it was determined that Oswald acted alone in assassinating the President. And still, the nation mourned. He was a great man, and he will not soon be forgotten, even today. Kennedy and his legacy live on. John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was a great president because of his education and numerous experiences in life, his charm and charisma, and his strong family background. Great men are remembered long after they pass on. The 35th president of the United States was a man of greatness. Kennedy was a perfect fit for America at the time, and his death could not have been any more tragic, demonstrating how important he really was. If it wasn't for Kennedy, who knows what sort of state America would be in today? The issue is worth debating, but one issue that is not up for debate is how important a man John F. Kennedy was to the United States of America. ...read more.

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