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Kennedy was a successful president; he secured peace over Cuba and made great progress on Civil Rights issues. Do you agree with this interpretation?

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Kennedy was a successful president; he secured peace over Cuba and made great progress on Civil Rights issues. Do you agree with this interpretation? John F Kennedy was born is Brookline, Massachusetts in May 29th 1917 into a large political family. He at 23 years old graduated from Harvard, when he went into the Navy during the war his PT boat sunk and yet even with injuries led many survivors home. He was the 35th president in the USA and was the first Roman Catholic and youngest person to be elected. After the war he became a Democratic congressman. On September 12th 1953 he married Jacqueline Bouvier who at the time was described as a young and beautiful lady, which made him a very lucky man. He also wrote a book which won a special award called the Pulitzer Prize. In 1956 he was nominated for Vice President. During the presidential campaign of 1960 he became famous for TV debates with Richard M. Nixon candidate. In November of that year he won the presidential elections. He was known also because of he never forgotten speak. He said: "Ask not what your country can do for you- but what you can do for your country". Kennedy makes a perfect picture frame image especially with his wife and children. ...read more.

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The reason that no-one knew about his negative parts was because of he had the power though the media who were stopping negative information being released, for example he had bedded a stream of famous women. One of them being Marilyn Monroe, amongst her and others like prostitutes and strippers don't forget about his wife. He was addicted to sex and could not release himself from it. Also he looked certain leadership skills his boat, the PT 109 was hit by the Japanese boat due to his band commandment because his crew were not alert. (So much for being a "hero"). His negative image leads to him being a bad president his cover up of secrets gave him respect and therefore become untrustworthy. In February 1963 Kennedy sent a civil rights package to congress, which included legislation to secure black voting rights. The resident did little to promise the bill's passage, and it quickly expired. Kennedy's approach to civil rights was viewed by the civil rights leaders, as non-committal. But the violence in Birmingham on May 3rd 1963 left him no choice but to alter his course. He is not fully heartily towards the civil rights, due to the violence of in Birmingham (Alabama). Source C4 states that black people where treated badly there is less population, more unemployment, less average family income etc. ...read more.

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He had a successful image over the civil rights also and this gave him a wonderful reputation and a good image. He also have a vibe about him having this picture perfect family image with a smile that could rule the media which it did. This is a very controlling person. He owned the media and made sure that nothing negative about him was revealed. He hid things from his wife she had found a piece of underwear which did not fit her she said "would you please shop around and see who these belong to? They're not my size". He had bedded a stream of famous actresses one of which is Marilyn Monroe. He was addicted to sex and he thought that with his high morals standards he shouldn't let the world no his secret. Secondly the public were kept information to suggest that Kennedy was a bad president, I know this as in source C2, it was said that on the boat which he was claimed a "hero" he was actually a person of no consideration as on the PT109 boast there was people who said that he didn't actually keep the crew alive and alert the destroyers. Therefore I believe that Kennedy has many bad points and only few good ones, I feel that Kennedy was an unsuccessful president and a poor commander and a bad elected president. ...read more.

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