President Kennedy delivered his inaugural address on January 20, 1961

English: US Postage stamp: John F. Kennedy, Is...

President John F Kennedy, U S A , is my hero of the adolescence. In those days, we hardly would get to access such speeches or articles as easily as has been made possible by internet today.

Here is his one of the epochal speeches – the speech on the inaugauartion of his Presidency.

We also have an interesting pip at the history, the first of the Kennedy-Nixon debates, which first aired on September 26, 1960 on ABC, NBC, and CBS. with his opponent , Richrd Nixon in the run up to one of the very keenly contested elections to the presidency of USA. The uploader of this video,       , have disabled embedding of this video, hence we will have to do with this link:  The 1st Kennedy/Nixon Presidential Debate .  This is only first of the 3 more clips of the debate. However, they have provided following additional links to Download This Video as well:

1st Part:
http://archive.org/details/1960_kennedy-nixon_1

2nd Part:
http://archive.org/details/1960_kennedy-nixon_2

Here’s a link to the complete transcription.

http://bit.ly/KennedyNixonTranscript

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1960
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nixon

We indeed record our sincere appreciation of for thier stellar effort.

Joe Carpenter has very aptly quoted the following when this speech was posted on Google +:

“All problems, depressions, wars, disasters, assassinations, all of them were planned, caused, instigated, and implemented by the International Bankers and their attempt to establish a central bank in every country in the world, which they have now done, thanks to corrupt politicians who have been bought and paid for. This is all you need to know about the history of the world.”
~John F. Kennedy~

Whilst on the subject of recollecting some of the very famous speeches, we also have the pleasure of being able to access JFK’s eternal speech at Rice University on September 12th, 1962 setting the goal of the space race during the 1960’s:

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Author: ASHOK M VAISHNAV

In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

13 thoughts on “President Kennedy delivered his inaugural address on January 20, 1961”

  1. With Kennedy as President of America the McCarthyism came to its formal end. JFK laid down an agenda for the world peace by extending an olve branch to the communist camp. Nikita Khrushev in USSR too wanted Kennedy to win.
    If you recall about one year before the American presidential elections (which kennedy won) an American spy plane was shot down over the skies of USSR. The pilot Francis Powers was captured alive. It was a big election issue. Richard Nixon, JFK’s Republican rival demanded the pilot’s release. Russia did not budge.
    After the election Khruschev and Kennedy met. Khruschev told Kennedy that he (Khruschev) voted for him (kennedy). JFK was surprised. The soviet leader explained that if he had released Francis Powers immediately Nixon would have got upperhand, so they waited till the results of the presidential elections!
    By the way, I hope you did not miss this film on Yuri Gagarin, the first man in the space; Must see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qQMZ-emCG-M
    It has all the human elements and the end really brings the sense of relief.

    1. Dear Dipakbhai,
      The incident narrated by you has had several ramifications in that coldest of cold war era.
      Kennedy was known to have dared to call off Kruschev’s bluff by ‘almost’ hitting the “hot line” on the Cuba issue.
      I have no idea what kind of different philosophy JFK had or pursued on the economic matters.
      But his out-of-the-box approach to the cold war ceratinly used to chill protagonists on both sides. May be, that led to his [quite premature] assaassination.
      Whether the US [poltically or economically] would have been substantially different, and for that matter what happened to USSR almost 20 years thereafter would have been accelerated or not do remain interesting if-so scenarios, if he would have had completed his second term.
      I thank you for Yuri Gagarin video.

      1. Yes, Khrushchev had to admit that the world was on the brink of destruction. At that time we did not understand international politics so clearly. I was (and you too) in teens. But, certainly, with Kennedy as the leader of America the world would have been different – for better of course. acouple of bullets fired from Oswald’s gun took revenge on the world. America could never rise to that height again.

  2. Shri Urvish Kothari had done two good articles onLIFE, where in he incidently dealt with the story of JFK assissanation – ‘લાઇફ’ની સામગ્રીઃ હરીફોને આઘાતના અને વાચકોને આશ્ચર્યના આંચકા and ટીવીયુગ પહેલાં લોકોને દુનિયા ‘દેખાડનાર’ સામયિકઃ ‘લાઇફ’.
    LIFE also have several series of photographs on JFK in thier web archives.
    These are:
    John F. Kennedy’s Funeral: Rare and Unpublished Photos

    We have one more account of the events on that fateful November 22,1963 – the day JFK was assassinated – on the website: JFKLibrary.

    JFK’s Inauguration: Rare Photos

    JFK’s 1960 Campaign: Unpublished Photos

    The JFKLibrary – which in itself is a very rich site about JFK and his family – has an excusive 50th Anniversary commemorative link:JFK 50 Years

  3. Dipak, I held JFK very dear in my teenage heart and entered college as a physics major for the first two years as a result of his challenge for us to land men on the moon by the end of the 60s! I have never regretted my physics studies or my admiration of JFK’s leadership for the youth of that day, especially with forming the Youth Corps, along with his brother-in-law, Sargean Shriver heading up the Peace Corps. We need that idealism and high goal-setting again today, do we not?

  4. Granbee, I agree with you.We have gone too far in other direction. There is a need to bring Idealism back – in the front rows – of our actions and discussions. JFK symbolised that idealism. I was a young student in a small town of Bhuj in the Western India studying in 9th standard. You cannot believe Kennedy’s assasination had left people dazed and shocked.
    he brought hope ending the era of suspicion and witch-hunting. Till the time of Clinton Democrats used to have a world agenda. And JFK was the finest product of that era. Obviously, you do not have to regeret for your physics or for you admiration for JFK.

  5. Dear Dipakbhai and ‘Granbee’,
    JFK , and for that matter India’s Jawaharlal Nehru were the kind of leaders in the late 50s or early 60s – the period when, incidentally, all of us were of highly impressionable age – who evoked the deep emotion of idealism that spurred individual as well as mass actions.
    As we grew older, I did not come across any leader of that stature. probabaly because either our faculty of rational thinking had simultaneously so much developed that a far more stronger emotional stimulus was called for or because the leaders of ensuing periods themselves lacked that quantum and level of authentic idealism.
    The strength of impressions created by JFK on people can gauged by the fact that even after the passage of close to 50 years, a small mention of him has drawn people like us, all subsequently grown under as different circumstances as could be possible and having reached an age where we would have had many more emotional [and rational] expereinces to make us not liable to be moved by mere mention of some memory [ good or bad] of the past to move us [so] easily, in to such a lively debate as well as drawing back into that period of time!

  6. Very interesting post and lively commentary after a long time on this blog! Enjoyed reading. Now listening to the inaugural speech

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