Remembering JFK

Ryan Palko `14

“Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” ~JFK

On November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President Kennedy in Dallas at Dealey Plaza. Fifty years ago, America’s 35th president died in the streets of Dallas, Texas. His term lasted just over a thousand days in office. He was the youngest elected and the youngest president to die. America’s beloved, handsome and eloquent president died at age 46.

He was a President that spoke of the future. He set a goal to be the first country to the moon, launched the New Frontier, spread Democracy and established the Peace Corps. Yes, he created these policies, but more than that, the American people trusted him. Even at the Bay of Pigs, which was an abysmal failure, the American people forgave him. A recent Gallup poll shows that today, in 2013, 74% of Americans consider him an “outstanding President.” JFK may not have had a long term in office, but there is one thing he did for sure with this time. JFK gained the trust of the American people. Even today the American people show their affection for JFK. Yes, his term was cut short, but the memory of JFK will live on in American textbooks for generations.

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/johnfkennedy

http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/November-22-1963-Death-of-the-President.aspx

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/11/22/50-years-after-jfks-assassination-was-he-a-great-president

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