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Thursday, January 20, 2011

50 years since John F. Kennedy became President Kennedy.

It's Inauguration Day...50 years ago today President John F. Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States. Google remembers the date with a special Google Logo (reproduced above). In the tightest election to that date, he represented youth, change, optimism and the New America. Yet he was Ivy League and came from money. An Irish Catholic, he first and only Roman Catholic elected to the nation's highest office, which meant a great deal to the many Catholics and immigrants who helped defend Democracy in the Second World War and Korea.  Kennedy's name and voice reflected generations of immigrants and the core of working class America. Today we forget that he was never as popular as our tinted view of "Camelot" and history make us assume, yet he took us to the brink of war with Russia and Russia blinked, began or grew social programs his generation agreed with and may have put us on an irreversible course to war in South East Asia. The inauguration speech John F. Kennedy gave on this date fifty years ago is remembered as one of the finest in the nation's history. For downloadable video and print transcript of his address, click here.

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