Awarded the Navy’s medal of heroism during World War II and the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage, he was the youngest elected President, serving just over 1,000 days before being shot. This was John F. Kennedy, born MAY 29, 1917.
Kennedy stated in his Inaugural, January 20, 1961:
I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago. The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.
John F. Kennedy continued:
Yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe – The belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
Writing to Brazil’s President, Janio da Silva Quadros, January 31, 1961, John F. Kennedy stated:
Once in every 20 years presidential inaugurations in your country and mine occur within days of each other. This year of 1961 is signalized by the happy coincidence. At this time, each of us assumes challenging duties…To each of us is entrusted the heavy responsibility of guiding the affairs of a democratic nation founded on Christian ideals.
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