May 29th, 2017
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.
For me he was the first president that I was concious of as a child. Even as a 3, 4 and 5 years old, the power of his image and speeches on television had a profound impact on me and are, to this day, etched into my memory.
As with any historically noteworthy person, his life and legacy are not without their detractors. To be sure, no one can deny that he had his share of both moral and political failings. But as I look back through the time that has passed since his presidency, I see him as the last occupant of the office that had the capacity to truly inspire a nation. Partly because of his youth, his intellect, his gift for powerful oration and partly because of the age in which he served. An age in which America’s innocense, was, in a very real sense, lost.
In many ways, President Kennedy set the bar for the office of President to a new level that is yet to be reached by any of his successors.