John F. Kennedy: Change Is The Law Of Life

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President John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” I believe that Americans have much to learn from that saying, and we can use John F. Kennedy’s life as an example. His life encountered many changes, and he quite possibly became so successful as a result of adapting well to those changes. His adaptations can be remarked as legendary. As most Americans will agree, John F. Kennedy was an American legend because he came from a very well known American family, was one of the most influential Presidents of the United States of America, and he was one of the few United States Presidents to get assassinated during presidency.
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Kennedy was sworn into office on January 20, 1961. He was the 35th president (Life of John F. Kennedy 4). He had defeated Richard Nixon in the polls with little leeway, and he was 43 years old, which made him the second youngest man to be sworn in, with Theodore Roosevelt being the youngest at 42 years old. He was also the first President to have been born in the 20th century (Bio.com). The purpose of Kennedy’s inaugural address was to encourage all Americans to be active citizens. One of his most famous quotes came from his inaugural address where he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” He also challenged the nations of the world to unite in the purpose of battling what he called “the common enemies of the world: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself” (Life of John F. Kennedy …show more content…
President Kennedy had travelled to Texas to give political speeches (Life of John F. Kennedy 5). Riding in a Lincoln Continental convertible, Kennedy, his wife and the Governor of Texas, John Connally, paraded through the downtown streets of Dallas as crowds of cheering people observed. Shots rang out and Kennedy was hit twice. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old former Marine (Bio.com). As BBC reporter Peter Watson said, “Pandemonium broke loose.” (Reporting JFK’s Assassination). At the age of 46, Kennedy died later at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Oswald was later assassinated while being transferred to jail (Bio.com). Enormous grief and despair was felt all over America, and millions tuned in throughout the nation and the world to watch his funeral on television (Life of John F. Kennedy 5).
John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s legacy will live on forever in American history, for he was a widely loved President. Putting the country first, Kennedy won the trust of Americans, and served as a very influential president. He endured many changes in his life, but he never gave up trying. We can all learn from Kennedy’s life and the examples he set: to accept the changes our lives may make and to fight for what we believe in and know what is

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