The Speech Preparation of J.F.K.
From the first moments of his presidency, John F. Kennedy evoked a strong sense of security and spirit of idealism in the American public. He reassured the citizens of their nation's strengths, and by declaring one of history's most famous questions, inspired them to better serve their country. The charismatic, young president dazzled the world not only with his physical poise and eloquence, but also with his simple, yet intense, use of rhetoric and voice. Identified by a fervent delivery, Kennedy's distinct style and appeal as a leader progressed throughout his short career as a public speaker and elected official. His speeches, though mostly composed by Ted Sorensen, adequately conveyed Kennedy's sincere convictions, poetic influences and directly reflected his intellectual pragmatism towards politics.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, into an innovative and politically oriented family. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was a Harvard graduate and ambassador to Great Britain during Roosevelt's administration, while his grandfather had twice been the mayor of Boston. Descended of Irish Catholic heritage, the Kennedys came from less than humble beginnings, but Joseph was a dedicated man who had a driving ambition to succeed. His father's financial accomplishments enabled Kennedy to obtain a superior education and considerable advantage in life. As a young boy, he was an avid reader of history and poetry with a photographic memory, yet he spent only one year at Canterbury, a Catholic institution in Connecticut, before transferring to the prestigious Choate Academy, which he also disliked. These schools provided Kennedy with no intellectual...
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...od the hope and possibility of life on this planet, and who made the people look past race and nationality to the future of mankind. His words transformed the American spirit and, even after his death, released an energy that would guide the land he loved for many years to come (Schlesinger, 1031).
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