John Fitzgerald Kennedy: the biography and phrases of one of the most famous and beloved presidents of the USA.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States of America and his political activity, as well as his biography, is dotted with famous phrases that enhance and express the great charisma of this character.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: life
He was born on May 29, 1917 in Brooklin, Massachussets, from the union of an Irish-born politician and the daughter of the mayor of Boston. In 1941, with the advent of the Second World War, he voluntarily enlisted in the navy. After numerous frontline operations, he returned home and began his career as a politician. Enrolls and militates for the Democratic party, inside which there were also the father and grandfather and later he was elected deputy of Massachussetts.
In these years he develops a great charisma and a great appeal, thanks to his progressive ideas, and becomes more and more famous.
It becomes member of the Senate in ’53 and gave a famous speech in which he criticized the support given to French colonialism in Algeria: thanks to his dedication and his desire to renew African countries he was elected president of the Subcommittee on Africa.
The January 2, 1960 announces his candidacy for the United States presidential election which sees Republican Richard Nixon as a competitor. Its political program is based on the New Frontier: extending the borders of the United States to the west, fighting unemployment, improving the education and health systems and intervening economically in favor of underdeveloped countries. He won the election in November of the same year becoming the 35th President of the USA.
We are in the period of Cold War and Kennedy has a strategic and specific objective: to lay the foundations for an agreement between the US and the USSR based on the supremacy of what were called superpowers.
As for internal politics, on the other hand, he failed to keep all the promises that had given him votes, especially with regard to racial issue, a very lively and problematic theme at the time, so much so that in those years there were rebellions by African Americans led by Martin Luter King.
After this period of social uprisings, the President decides to leave Dallas. This is where the November 22, 1963, while greeting the crowd from his car, is assassinated with two rifle shots from a distance. State funerals then take place and the murderer, Lee Oswald, is arrested. Despite this, there are still questions about who the real instigators of the assassin were.
The famous phrases of JFK
Skilled speaker and politician, his career is studded with famous phrases which made him one of the most loved, respected and remembered presidents of the United States of America, including:
- Conformism is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of development.
- Humanity must end the war, or war will end humanity.
- Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
- Beyond this frontier, the unexplored domains of science and space, the solved problems of peace and war, the pockets of ignorance and not yet eradicated prejudices extend.
- If we are unable to put an end to differences, in the end we cannot help make the world safe from tolerating diversity.