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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Great Moments in Historic Speeches - John F. Kennedy

On January 20, 1961 John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States. The speech delivered at that ceremony is famous for the line “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

This line encouraged the American public to fight against the “common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself” expressing Kennedy’s optimistic ideals.

Kennedy’s speech is an excellent one because of its content and delivery style. The message behind this speech is one of extreme optimism, embodying fundamental American beliefs.

The delivery of the speech is very steady and solid, encouraging confidence in the authority of the speaker while maintaining enough vocal variation to hold audience interest. John F. Kennedy’s speech illustrates how simplicity can make a great impression.

Although this speech showcased Kennedy’s great skill when addressing large audiences. Americans first witnessed JFK’s public speaking style during the first televised debate between presidential candidates. The fact that candidates were now seen by voters, made facial expressions, demeanor, and even clothing choices vitally important.

Whether he spoke in person or through the media, JFK was – and still is – praised for his cool, handsome appearance, solid speaking style, and carefully crafted speeches.