Jfk Speeches Research Paper

Research Paper JFK John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963), the youngest man elected to the office. On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, becoming also the youngest President to die. Ever pay attention to the manipulation of words used by presidents when giving a speech? Until reading “A Nation of Victims” by Reanna Brooks, and “Why JFK’s Inaugural Succeeded” by Thurston Clarke; the manipulation of words were subliminal. Brooks presents the audience with an analysis on President George W. Bush’s manner of speech. Brooks feels that despite his verbal blunders and linguistic stumbles, his words are purposely selected to hide certain issues and to negatively frame opposing viewpoints. Also, Brooks says that Bush’s speeches are emotionally charged, “dependency-creating” and thus provoking fear amongst his listeners. On the other hand Thurston Clarke, author of “Why JKF’s Inaugural Succeeded”, demonstrates a different perspective on how and why President Kennedy succeeded during his Inaugural speech in 1961. Unlike Brooks, Clarke presents a better approach on why and how Kennedy succeeded in his speech. Thurston Clarke gives an enhanced idea about the ability of JFK to use language to his political advantage by using quotes from JFK’s Inaugural Address, giving a descriptive background information on the actual speech and also on Kennedy’s life, and lastly by also illustrating Kennedy’s presentation as a whole.

Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy (known as Jack) was the second of nine children. His parents, Joseph and Rose Kennedy, were members of two of Boston’s most prominent Irish Catholic political families. Despite persistent health problems throughout his childhood and teenage years (he would later be diagnosed with a rare endocrine disorder called Addison’s disease), Jack led a privileged youth, attending private schools such as Canterbury and Choate and spending summers in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. Joe Kennedy, a hugely successful businessman and an early supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, was appointed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1934 and in 1937 was named U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. As a student at Harvard University, Jack traveled in Europe as his father’s secretary. His senior thesis about British’s unpreparedness for war was later published as an acclaimed book, “Why England Slept” (1940).

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John F. Kennedy's Senate career got off to a rocky start when he refused to condemn Senator Joseph McCarthy, a personal friend of the Kennedy family whom the Senate voted to censure in 1954 for his relentless pursuit of suspected communists. In the end, though he planned to vote against McCarthy, Kennedy missed the vote when he was hospitalized after back surgery.

Jack joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and two years later was sent to the South Pacific, where he was given command of a Patrol-Torpedo (PT) boat. In August 1943, a Japanese destroyer struck the craft, PT-109, in the Solomon Islands. Kennedy helped some of his marooned crew back to safety, and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism. His older brother, Joe Jr., was not so fortunate: He was killed in August 1944 when his Navy airplane exploded on a secret mission against a German rocket-launching site. A grieving Joe Sr. told Jack it was his duty to fulfill the destiny once intended for Joe Jr.: to become the first Catholic president of the United States.

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