John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy was not the best student while growing up. He never seemed to care much about school and would not perform to his best ability while in boarding school. After boarding school he was immediately accepted into Harvard, having no specific major. He grew up in political family, in fact, while he was in college, his father was chosen to be the U.S. ambassador of England. “After visiting his father in England in the summer of 1937, he knew that is what he wanted to do, gaining interest in government and politics” (“JFK in History”). Kennedy worked for both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president of the United States of America between the years of 1961-1963. Kennedy only served three years of his presidency before he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963 in Dallas Texas, while riding in a motorcade. This made him the youngest U.S. presidents to die in office. His assassination was the fourth presidential assassination , the first was Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1965, followed by James A. Garfield’s assassination in 1881, and lastly William McKinley assassination in 1901. Kennedy had many unique things about him, becoming youngest U.S president after only being 43 on his first day of office. He was also the first president to have a Irish Catholic background.
Since March 4th 1861, since the first president we elected, the president always gives an inaugural address as they are sworn into office. This time in history has always been a fundamental step towards having a new administration. This is the time that the new president is able to tell the American citizens, and the world, what they have in plan to change the country for the better. The president addresses how they plan to lead the country and how they will follow through and enact their plan. These speeches are always powerful and memorable, but nothing like John F. Kennedy’s. Kennedy’s speech was one of the shortest but most powerful inaugural address ever given in American history. On February 20th 1961, John F. Kennedy gave his famous inaugural speech, to the citizens of America and the people watching around the world. His speech captivated million of people and seized the nation’s attention. Until this say, his speech is still known as one of the best speech to ever be written or delivered. He invoked the American dream and extended his promises for not just America, but the rest of the world. Kennedy begins by stating that there is a celebration of freedom and refers back to our forefathers oath , which refers to the freedom that we celebrate. Kennedy states that his inauguration should be the beginning of renewal and change, and connected Americans to come together to be one. He asked the nations to come together to fight for what he calls “common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself” (“JFK in History”). Kennedy uses his speech to re-address the issues of the citizens in poverty, lack of peace and civility, and threats for freedom and liberty in America.
Kennedy bases his arguments on logical and emotional appeals to convince the audience to take a stand, be hopeful, and make a difference. His entire speech is structured to be logical and to make sense everyone, from any age level, moving from one point to the next. He shows a strong appeal to emotion with the feelings of having hope and pride for the country, then conseversing it with having fear and pity. This contrasting of emotions causes the audience to have powerful emotions on such subjects. In his inaugural speech Kennedy strongly spoke of the need for the Americans to be active citizens. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” (Kennedy). Kennedy touches on two things in his speech, to unite the Americans, and to call his audience to duty. With strong ethics he is able to unify the country into one, and appeal to the rest of the world by referring to other countries. He also strengthen his call of duty with using a heavy appeal to ethics and morals to the audience.