Essay on John F. Kennedy And President Lyndon B. Johnson

1477 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
3 Essays
• 1st Essay: Compare President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson. How do their records compare on foreign and domestic policy? Which would you argue was more successful as President?
John F Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States in 1960, and Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President in 1963. Kennedy was born into one of America’s wealthiest families and parlayed an elite education and a reputation as a military hero into a successful run for Congress. Johnson was born into a family owned farm. Kennedy’s close advisers believed that Eisenhower’s foreign policy establishment was a cause to lose enthusiasm, slow moving, overly reliant on taking advantage and massive retaliation, and complacent. Their fear was that after eight years, the State Department would be unable to implement their new international vision. (Kennedy’s Foreign Policy) Furthermore, Kennedy thought that Eisenhower and Secretaries Dulles and Herter had all but ceded the newly emerging states in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to the communists. The execution of Kennedy’s foreign policy did not quite live up to the stirring rhetoric of his inaugural speech, in which he said: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” In fact, his foreign policy was marred by a string of failures.…

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