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John Fitzgerald Kennedy
JohnKennedy
President Kennedy
Born: May 29, 1917, Massachusetts,
Murdered: November 22, 1963, Texas
Political party Democratic party
Religion Roman Catholic
35th President of the United States January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963

John F. Kennedy was considered the greatest United States President since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Besides Obama, he was the only president who wasn't a WASP (though he was white, he was Irish-American and he wasn't a Protestant, but a Catholic). He made the early 1960s a period of infinite hope and progress. Kennedy is best remembered for his determined stand against nuclear bases in Cuba, his support of civil rights for African Americans, and his successful call for a human mission to the moon by the end of the 1960s.

JFK enacted Civil rights laws and many other generous actions. Sadly, he was brutally murdered by Communist sympathizer Lee Harvey Oswald.

Helping poor peopleEdit

Kennedy was keen to help the American poor people as well as poor people in the Third World. He pledged to work at ending poverty and misery in his inaugural speech.

To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required – not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. [2]

Kennedy himself was one of the few who are rich, he introduced food stamps and tried to introduce limited Medicare. [1] It was left to Kennedy's successor, LBJ to get the first medicare started. [2] Would Kennedy have done more given time? Possibly, but he was killed before he could do very much.

Brief life historyEdit

He was in the Navy (saving a bunch of people in WWII), slept with Marylin Monroe, stopped Cuba from getting Nuclear Bombs, and set the national priority to getting to the moon. A huge aircraft carrier was named after him.

His Connections to those around himEdit

Kennedy's family was Rich, and unfortunately Kennedy was keener on Tax cuts for the rich than modern Democrats are. [3] Despite this Kennedy did many good things and was more progressive than others of his time. In the mid 20th Century Kennedy was probably as liberal as any presidential candidate could be if he hoped to win the election. George McGovern and Walter Mondale were both more liberal than Kennedy but neither was elected.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. John F. Kennedy
  2. Medicare Turns 48
  3. [1]

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