Jfk : An Icon Of Pop Culture Essay

906 Words Oct 1st, 2015 4 Pages
In 1960, when President John F. Kennedy announced his running for office, American history would be changed forever. JFK represented so much of what Americans believed in and needed in the 60s, beauty, change, optimism, and most importantly, hope. While in office, Kennedy changed America 's viewpoints on segregation and equality for African Americans through not only talking about ending discrimination, but through movements of appointing African Americans to government positions. JFK is an icon of pop culture that defines us as Americans. When John F. Kennedy started his candidacy for president, he was a World War two hero which added to his natural charm and charisma that Nixon could not match. Kennedy did not possess the political experience that Nixon had, but Americans noticed that he was different than the rest. He was young, a very handsome man with a lot of class. Even his wife, Jaqueline Kennedy was beautiful and full of poise, which was very attractive to American voters. As Televisions became commonplace, his charm and exquisiteness was beamed directly into America’s homes, making a larger impact. Kennedy, being the youngest elected president in U.S. history used his inaugural speech to encourage Americans to become patriots. "...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Kennedy made major leaps and bounds in his first year in the oval office. He created the Peace Corps in 1961 to provide underdeveloped countries with…

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