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The Senior Class of Harlem High School Presents the
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JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY
"THERE WAS A WIT IN A MAN NEITHER YOUNG NOR OLD: BUT A WIT FULL OF AN OLD MAN S WISDOM AND OF A CHILDS WISDOM . . .
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was one of the most personable, engaging, and realistic politicians in American history. He became absorbed in the science of politics early in his life, and he worked hard for what he believed to be the best interests of his country.
John Kennedy was a man of warmth, charm, and ready wit. He was raised in a wealthy family, but because of his many brothers and sisters, he learned at an early age that one must give as well as take. Mr. Kennedy never forgot this lesson.
During the Second World War he was deeply loved and respected by his crew on the FT. 109 for his giving of himself. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his prowess during the war.
John F. Kennedy was not only a military hero but. during the last seventeen years of his life, a political figure as well. After the war. he returned to the United States and campaigned for a seat in the House of Representatives. He won this election and became one of the representatives from Massachusetts. Six years later he climbed another step in his political career and gained a position in the Senate of the United States.
Because of this political background. Mr. Kennedy became the Democratic Presidential candidate in I960. Upon winning this election, he became the youngest President in the history of the United States. He was inaugurated tlx: 35th President of the United States in January of 1961. In his Inaugural Address. President Kennedy put forth his long-range hopes and goals. This address also contained his famous challenge to th American people: "Ask not what your country can do for you. ask rather what you can do for your country."
John F. Kennedy firmly believed that if these goals could be achieved, the world would be a more secure place in which to live. Everyone, regardless of political affiliation, recognized the talent and sincerity of this great man.
With the beginning of this new administration a new and vigorous form of leadership was created in the form of President Kennedy's foreign and domestic policy which he called the "New Frontier". During his administration President Kennedy was constantly faced with crises in both foreign and domestic affairs.
There were foreign problems old and new during his administration; some of which were inherited from previous administrations. Mr. Kennedy was the first American chief executive to face the possibility of a nuclear war and to risk it with a show of great force to protect American interests. He faced this challenge in numerous areas throughout the world. Many times when he was told of these problems, he informed the American people about the risk involved through one of the forms of mass communication. The settlement of the crises in Berlin and Cuba, and the relief of tension in Viet N'am will always remain on his list of accomplishments.
Under this administration also, our greatest advances in space exploration were made. President Kennedy was not only concerned with the welfare of the American people, but also the welfare of people in small, underprivileged countries around the world. Because of this concern, he utilized his executive powers to organize the Peace Corps, whose purpose it is to help underprivileged peoples and countries throughout the world.
Some nations of the world were opposed to the ideals set forth in the Constitution of the United States, but still they respected the strength and knowledge of John F. Kennedy.
There were also several problems which confronted Mr. Kennedy in our own country. He recognized, as did few men. the depth of the integration problem. And. he was determined to do something about it. Much progress was made during the short time he was in office, but there is still much more to be done. Perhaps the stand he took during this racial strife will force a
deep personal soul-searching by anyone and everyone on either side of the question.
One of his most controversial domestic decisions came in 1962 when he dealt strongly with the steel companies that had raised their prices.
President Kennedy worked hard to try to get several bills passed by Congress. The more widely
known ones were the tax cut bill, the civil rights bill, and the medicare for the aged bill. These
were accomplishments which he had hoped to achieve, but never did.
It seems almost impossible for one man to be so much, but in addition to being a military hero and a very capable politician, this man was the author of two books, one a Pulitzer Prize winner. The first of these books. WHY ENGLAND SLEPT, was written after his graduation from Harvard. PROFILES IN COURAGE was written while he was a United States Senator from Massachusetts.
But there was still another side of this powerful man. Continually burdened with momentous problems, harried constantly by the huge responsibility he bore in the loneliness of his high office, he always took time to be a devoted husband and father. He and his wife understood one another, and the)' shared their hopes and goals. His children did not think of him as the President of the United States, but only as their father.
Here was a man who was able to size up a situation and who, in turn, was determined to do something about that situation. Here was a military hero, a devoted father and husband, and a great President.
When President Kennedy was introduced to an audience, they did not speak of his accomplishments. his honors, or his travels or offices held. There were no eloquent phrases, yet when the simple words were said, we all felt our hearts swell and our minds turned to patriotic thoughts. For from these words we all felt the awe and power of their meaning: Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the L’nitcd States.
. . . AND. IN A MOMENT. IT WAS NO MORE."
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