Analysis Of John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address

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The morning of Friday, January 20th, 1961 was a typical crisp winter day. The ground veiled by a coating of white snow, Vice President Johnson, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, and President Truman stand bundled up on the steps of the Capitol Building. Crowded people excitedly wait for the main spectacle; the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. The memorable event is recorded in many sources and the importance of the occasion is universally understood. This is recorded in Clift's 50th-anniversary article, a photograph taken as Kennedy was sworn in, and the inaugural address, delivered by the man in question. These three sources encompass the different aspects of Kennedy's legacy while simultaneously displaying different messages in each. …show more content…
Kennedy's inaugural address symbolizes his beliefs and the new freedom he hopes to bring in his presidency. He speaks with strength and sophistication. He displays this by saying, "Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce," (Kennedy, Inaugural Address). This helps to solidify his credibility with his knowledge of world events and taps into the audience's empathy by referring to people suffering from illness. Knowing his audience, Kennedy proposes exploration, something Americans treasure right up there with freedom. These revolutionary ideas give people the feeling that anything is possible, helping Kennedy's pride for his country shines through his speech. On the cusp of discovery, the sky was the limit, and Kennedy used this to convince people that he would be their new

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