Google is rolling out the doodles again today with a tribute to John F. Kennedy, and his inaugural address given on January 20th, 1961. Kennedy was a breath of fresh air at the time, a real man of the people who wanted equality, to end secrecy and see his nation flourish.
During that address he famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Perhaps it’s safe to say the Kennedy was a patriot in the truest sense of the word; someone who was willing to defend his country, even from those in control of it. That staunch belief he held led him to trouble and controversy of course, as witnessed and well documented through the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Cuban Missile Crisis (also known as the October Crisis) occurred in October 1962 when Russian’s, whose nuclear armaments lacked the range of their US counterparts’ weapons, placed a cache of missiles in Cuba. They felt that by doing so they would draw parity with the US and have an advantage in any war that may ensue, or be able to defend Cuba should US forces invade the island.
After much discussion to ease tensions on both sides, Premier Nikita Khrushchev decided to dismantle his arsenal of nuclear missiles, citing his trust in President John F. Kennedy as the reason for pulling back.
Kennedy was subsequently called a ‘commie traitor’ in many quarters, and the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis sparked the beginning of the end for President John F. Kennedy.
Kennedy however was a decent man, a pacifist, as indicated by part of his inaugural address when he said:
“So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.”
His anti-war stance angered many behind the scenes politicians who stood to lose a profit from peace, and it wasn’t long before news spread that Kennedy had been assassinated.
The shattering event took place on November 22nd, 1963 at 12:30pm Central Standard Time. Kennedy was in the Presidential limo for a motorcade in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, when he was shot no less than three times from different angles.
The debate still rages today as to whether lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald carried out the assassination of Kennedy, but that seems a null point as overwhelming evidence clearly proves that the three shots came from different angles, and Oswald was incapable as a marksman of such expediency and accuracy with the ageing weapon he supposedly used.
John F. Kennedy will always be remembered as the man who tried to do the right thing, a good man who wanted to see a better society and a better world for everyone.
Watch the video of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, and see that his words are still as poignant and relevant today as they were in 1961.
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