John Kennedy Jfk Inaugural Speech

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“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s famous 1961 inaugural address began one of the most important presidencies in the history of the United States. The 35th president of the United States was like no other, he had a leadership quality that as the quote implies, gave the people empowerment, and held a relationship with the American people different than the prior 34 presidents. Kennedy was born into a very wealthy Irish Catholic family in Brookline Massachusets on May 29, 1917. His father Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr, was a businessman and politician while his mother, Rose, was a philanthropist. His father kept him and the rest of his family in the media as much as he could,…show more content…
He ran for congress, helped a political campaign, and even became senator. Eventually through growing popularity, Kennedy eventually ran for President and beat Nixon to become the 35th president of the United States. There are many theories as to how JFK became such a successful leader, whether it was through wealth, charisma, popularity, or through learning. John was not however born into leadership, as the Great Man Theory suggests of leaders. As a boy he was unmotivated by school and often caused trouble. He instead had to learn how to give inspiring speeches, learn to invest time in studies, and learn to take life seriously. The older John got the more his leadership skills grew, some of his weaknesses transformed and he eventually became the leader we know as President John F. Kennedy. There are many contributions to Kennedy’s success, but his charisma was the most notable. Growing up Joseph Kennedy Sr. believed keeping his family in the public eye was important. This gave John an advantage in being in the media. He was able to portray the best of himself to the public at all times, without seeing bad sides of the future president the world only saw what he wanted them to see. He gained popularity by being consistently in the media and was a friendly face to most of the…show more content…
Kennedy power in speaking to his audience. His speeches were not about facts, they were not explaining positions or the future of the county. JFK’s speeches spoke in terms of the people, they held underlying messages of empowerment, they gave the people a reason for action. One of his most famous lines, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” is a prime example of this underlying message. JFK is giving the American people a reason for action. He is not telling them to work, he is not asking for help, he is telling Americans exactly what they want to hear. That is that we are unified, we need to work together, we are America. This initiative in his speeches, the underlying meaning behind his speeches are how he connected with the audience, he gave people a purpose and put their beliefs into

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