Ranked #19: Kennedy inspired a new generation of Americans when he was elected. He helped transform American politics as television began to have a real impact on voters. He introduced the era where style became essential along with substance. Kennedy had made a lot of promises but was not able to make them reality. There was a lot of unfinished business.
Summary: He had charisma, wit and finesse. He was about 6 feet tall, handsome and youthful in appearance, with straight teeth and sensitive blue eyes. With those qualities going for him, he was no doubt a popular person and was a popular President. On the other hand, from a medical standpoint, he was a basket case. When he was young, his family would joke that a mosquito would get sick if it ever bit him. Kennedy loved to sail, swim and golf. He also exercised daily, in order to better deal with his ailing back.
Bio: is youth seemed to be the reason he was elected, yet many others feared that his inexperience would make him an awful choice for office. Eventually this was transformed when he got credit for standing down the USSR during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He had lived a privileged and comfortable life and had a relatively short political career before becoming president. What he would be remembered most for, unfortunately, was the fact that he got shot and killed while visiting Dallas, Texas before he could complete his term in office. The nation was shocked.
e had scarlet fever, measles, jaundice, hypothyroidism, malaria, celiac disease, Addison’s disease, chronic back pain and even had received the last rites of the Catholic Church three times. The last rites, (by the way) are something Catholics receive when the medical community gives up and there’s absolutely nothing else to do for a sick person. Granted that one of these times for Kennedy was when he was murdered in Dallas and was lying on a stretcher in a hospital. John Kennedy was not a well man.
Despite these heath issues, Kennedy was the same guy that swam three miles after the PT-109 battle ship was sunk by enemy fire in World War 2. This act of courage and strength would be the reason that all of the men from the boat got rescued. No doubt a noble and heroic thing to do for a guy who was this frail.
Kennedy came from a family that had an overbearing father. Joe Kennedy made sure that his sons would become everything he knew he could not be. Included in this list was President of the United States. It could be argued that John may never had wanted the role he eventually filled. But this family was a dynasty that would be worthy of a reality TV show today. Given Joe’s money and influence, you could say that John Kennedy had no choice.
Pros: Stood his ground with the Cuban Missle Crisis. Inspired NASA to explore the moon. Supported a partial nuclear test ban treaty. Supported civil rights.
Cons: The Bay of Pigs failure. The Vietnam war got much worse. His questionable personal morals.
Born: May 29, 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: Nov. 22, 1963 (aged 46) Dallas, Texas
Term: January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963 (assassinated during 1st term)