Inauguration Speech By: John F. Kennedy

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Karla Brun
4 th block
H. English 2
April 8, 2013
 John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Missouri in
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May 29, 1917.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th president in the United
States in office serving during January 20, 1961 –
November 22, 1963.
He was first person born in the 20th century to serve as
president.
One of his major acts during his presidency was the
African-American Civil Rights Movement, and early
stages of the Vietnam War.
Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p
hB-rRjYQw
 SUBJECT: JFK goal with this speech was let America
know that this is a new beginning for society as well as
a change by welcoming in the 20th century. As JFK said
in his speech…..
 “Let the word go forth from this time and place, to
friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to
a new generation of Americans—born in this century,
tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter
peace, proud of our ancient heritage”
 OCCASION- The occasion for this speech was JFK
speaking to America as well as the rest of the world
as the new president of the United States.
 The day he was giving his Inaugural Address was
on January 20th, 1961.
 AUDIENCE- The audience was America as a whole,
but I also think that this speech was geared also
towards the rest of the world.
 But there were many occasion where JFK would
mention the rest of the world as well, for example…
“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America
will do for you, but what together we can do for the
freedom of man.”
 PURPOSE- The purpose of the speech was to accept
and show America what his plans for the future of him
as president will be like, as well as attempt to show
America what kind of country we are and how we can
unify by not only helping America as whole but the
rest of the world.
 One of the my favorite quotes of JFK said to show the
audience what he wants to do for the rest of the world
is “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor,
it cannot save the few who are rich.”
 SPEAKER- The speaker is John F. Kennedy, the 35th
president of the United states.
 He not only influenced and helped but also
inspired America and many people around the
world.
 TONE- JFK’s tone through out the whole speech was
hopeful, inspiring, powerful.
 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. This
much we pledge—and more.
 This paragraph support an idea of what the president
wants to overcome in his term. He states that whatever
burden they come across, whatever hardship they
meet, he will maintain this country in liberty and free.
This shows the audience that he will attempt to
overcome whatever obstacle as president.
 And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your
country can do for you—ask what you can do for your
country.
 This is such a strong quote showing American’s that we
are what make this country and we have the choice to
choose what we do with it.
 “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with
history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to
lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His
help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must
truly be our own.”
 This quote goes from explaining that from this
moment on we are moving forward, bringing a change,
a renewal to society in the U.S.
 To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United
Nations, our last best hope in an age where the
instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments
of peace we renew our pledge of support—to prevent it
from becoming merely a forum for invective—to
strengthen its shield of the new and the weak—and to
enlarge the area in which its writ may run.
 He tries to explain that we put too much emphasis on
killing rather than living.
 “His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on
earth God's work must truly be our own.”
 This shows the pathos emotional side of the president
as he shows that he believe strongly on the lord’s
blessing and help but he knows that it is up to us bring
it here on earth.
 To those peoples in the huts and villages across the
globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we
pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves,
for whatever period is required—not because the
Communists may be doing it, not because we seek
their votes, but because it is right. If a free society
cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the
few who are rich.
 This quote makes JFK appear as a genuine kind person
who in reality wants to help out the world not because
he wants that kind of fame but because he knows its
right.
 In this speech JFK kept on repeating “Let both sides”
this meant remembering on both sides that civility is
not a sign of weakness. This means he wants the
democrats and republicans to unite for the good of the
country.
 “Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead
of belaboring those problems which divide us.” This
means that both sides of humanity should be united
by our indifference not our differences.
 To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a
special pledge—to convert our good words into good
deeds—in a new alliance for progress—to assist free
men and free governments in casting off the chains of
poverty. Here JFK is stating that we should not just say
were are going to make a difference but we are actually
going to make a difference.
 And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your
country can do for you—ask what you can do for your
country.
 My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America
will do for you, but what together we can do for the
freedom of man.
 To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins
we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends.
 The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to
this endeavor will light our country and all who serve
it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the
world
 America as a whole is compared to as the light, and the
energy from that glow can start a fire that can light the
world.
 Till this day people say that this acceptance speech was
one of the best speeches ever given in history.
 This speech set many goals planned out to the future
of what was to come with John F. Kennedy as
president.
 He sets aside in attempts of making a more peaceful
country
 In my opinion I couldn’t have picked a better speech

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