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Inauguration Speech. Text of Inaugural Address. Ask not what your country can do for you, - ask what you can do for your country.

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Inauguration speech

Inauguration Speech

Text of inaugural address

Text of Inaugural Address

Ask not what your country can do for you,- ask what you can do for your country

Kennedy s charisma

“…Our faith in him and in what he was trying to do was absolute, and he could impart to our work together a sense of challenge and adventure-a feeling that he was moving, and the world with him, toward a better time.” Pierre Salinger, Press Secretary

Kennedy’s Charisma:

New frontier goals

Increase aid to education

Provide health insurance to the elderly

Create Dept. of Urban Affairs

Help Migrant Workers

“New Frontier” Goals

New frontier


Improve wages

Department of Housing & Urban Affairs



Women’s Rights & Civil Rights

Defense – “Flexible Response”

New Frontier

Speech given by JFK at the

Democratic National Convention in 1960

Kennedy the pragmatist

Less of Ike’s “brinkmanship” and more

“flexible response”

more conventional troops and weapons

Support of Special Forces

“Green Berets”

Kennedy: the Pragmatist

Kennedy s enduring legacy the peace corps

Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women.

Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.

Kennedy’s Enduring Legacy: The Peace Corps

Bay of pigs cuba april 17 1961

CIA trained 1,400 Cuban Exiles

Kennedy cancelled air support

Cubans did not rise up in support of exiles

Castro personally led defense of island

1,189 captured/100 killed

US paid $53 in food and medicine for their release

Bay of Pigs, Cuba: April 17, 1961

Berlin wall june 1961

Berlin Wall June 1961

Cuban missile crisis 13 days in october 1962

Cuban Missile Crisis13 days in October, 1962

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