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FAMOUS POWERFUL SPEECHES – PRESIDENT JF KENNEDY –Wrote His Own Inaugural Address

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FAMOUS POWERFUL SPEECHES – PRESIDENT JF KENNEDY      “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty. “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country,” On January 20, 1961, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address that is still today regarded as one of the punchiest declarations ever made at inaugural ceremonies of United State’s presidents. JF Kennedy’s fascinating inaugural address is still rated as the best ever delivered by a United States president. In terms of contents, the address was rich and brilliant. And in terms of effects, the message was captivating, persuasive and soul-lifting. Consider this promise by JFK: “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.”  His May 25, 1961 address to the Joint Sessions of the United States Congress was no less inspiring: “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”   JF Kennedy’s inaugural address was relatively short; but was not as brief as the one delivered by the first president of the United States, George Washington in 1793, whose inaugural speech measured only 135 words.  President Kennedy, in an address to Congress challenged the nation to “commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon.” He asked Congress to find additional funds to support the nation’s space program. Kennedy continues to be voted the most popular post-World War II president in national polls. Additionally, he has consistently been voted in opinion polls as having delivered the most famous speech at presidential inaugurations in the United States.   DISTINCTIVENESS OF THE SPEECH: As recorded in documents held by the JF Kennedy Presidential Library & Museums: ‘’While his colleagues (former US Presidents) submitted ideas, the speech was distinctly the work of Kennedy himself. Aides recount that every sentence was worked, reworked, and reduced by him. ‘’It was a meticulously crafted piece of oratory that dramatically announced a generational change in the White House and called on the nation to combat “tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself. ‘’The inaugural ceremony is…

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