The Cuban Missile Crisis And The President Of The United States

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On May 25th, 1961, the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy proclaimed his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade in his Moon Speech. Besides his talent as an esteemed speaker, his speech was efficacious due to him alluding to the hardworking nature of the American people, and how further exploration into space was an ample distraction to the copious number of tense situations that had plagued the world at the present time. During the early sixties, Communist dictator Fidel Castro was running rampant in Cuba, and with the country being near to the United States, President Kennedy had to use his power as the President to attempt to end the tyranny in Cuba. With the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, tensions were high and morale was dropping throughout the nation. It was then discovered that there was the possibility of nuclear war as Soviet ballistic missiles were deployed during the Cuban Missile Crisis and a multitude of historians believe that that specific incident was the closest the world had been to nuclear war. Additionally, Kennedy increased the American military advisors in South Vietnam more than President Eisenhower had previously. Despite these atrocious events that were occurring around the world, Kennedy was a popular president due to his youth, charisma, and his optimism about the future. His credibility was almost never in question as he was the 35th President of the United States, and he excelled at public speaking due to his ability to understand his audience, and his unwavering confidence. Due to the facts, space exploration achieved a renewed force to further explore space. Kennedy successfully convinced Americans to further support space expl... ... middle of paper ... ...nce. If Kennedy was a scientist and not the popular president, the space exploration would not have received the necessary motivation that was needed for the moon landing of 1969. Subsequently, the use of the Space Race as a distraction also served as a boost to morale. Tension was high during this time, and by the promise of beating the Soviets, which were becoming increasingly detrimental to the country, to space, Kennedy ignited the competitive and hardworking nature of American Citizens and allowed them to have an increase in their national pride. As seen in World War I, nationalism is an important factor in important events, and can cause for wars to start, or can cause for the discovery of an important factor that could change the world. To quote Neil Armstrong, the events that lead to man landing on the moon was one step for man, but a giant leap for mankind.

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