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Transcript of The Kennedys
thing to royalty. The Kennedys The Family Tree Into their lives in and out of the political spotlight during the 1960s John F. Kennedy Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1961 Jacqueline Lee Bouvier The Election of 1960 The Election of 1960 was one of the closest races Kennedy's Short Presidency The Assassination and Impact John F. Kennedy took his family's hopes and aspirations for his older brother upon himself Jack met Jacqueline Bouvier at a dinner party shortly after his senate election. They were married on September 12, 1953. Jack and Jackie Kennedy had three children: Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy. In the 1960 Democratic primaries, Kennedy outmaneuvered his main opponent On November 8, 1960, Kennedy defeated Nixon by a razor-thin margin to become the 35th President of the United States of America. Kennedy's greatest accomplishments during his brief tenure as president came in the arena of foreign affairs The greatest crisis of the Kennedy administration was the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Discovering that the Soviet Union had sent ballistic nuclear missiles to Cuba, Kennedy blockaded the island and vowed to defend the United States at any cost. November 22, 1963 Kennedy, along with his wife and Texas governor John Connally, rode through cheering crowds and was shot twice, and died. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"- JFK Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (Jackie) was born on July 28, 1929, in Southampton, New York. In June 1947, Jackie graduated from Miss Porter’s School, a boarding school for girls in Connecticut. She continued her education at Vassar College in New York, where she studied history, literature, art, and French, she transferred to The George Washington University During this time, Jacqueline met John F. Kennedy. On September 12, 1953, they married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island As first lady Jackie's first mission was to renovated the white house into a museum of american history and to make it a home for her two young children. She was known as an ambassador of good will and a strong promoter of the arts. On August 7, 1963, Mrs. Kennedy gave birth to their third child, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy. He suffered from a serious lung ailment and was rushed to the Children's Hospital in Boston, where he died two days later. Jackie became a widow at the age of 34 when President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. Nixon vs. Kennedy Republican Richard Nixon was a young but experienced politician who had served under Eisenhower as Vice President for 8 years. John F. Kennedy was not only young, but relatively unknown and Catholic. Kennedy named Lyndon Johnson his VP in order to appeal to a broader audience of americans while Nixon named Henry Cabot Lodge. Kennedy earned 49.7% of the popular vote to Nixon's 49.5%. Kennedy polled only about 100,000 more votes than Nixon out of over 68 million votes cast. The electoral college awarded the election to Kennedy by a 303-219 margin, despite Nixon winning more states than Kennedy. In 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy married a Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis Jackie remained in the political and social spotlight throughout the 60s and was considered a fashion icon. women looked up to her for fashion, etiquette, home decor, and inspiration. Even before being elected John F. Kennedy found himself an american icon, and had a special friendship whit Frank Sinatra and the "Rat Pack". Sinatra wrote this for the campaign. After Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to Mr. President rumors of and affair between the two flared up around the nation and to this day is a sort of national mystery. Kennedy made up for the Bay of Pigs fiasco by good decisions and a bit of luck with the Cuban missile crisis. But throughout the summer and fall of 1963 the situation in South Vietnam deteriorated At home Kennedy was afflicted by Bloody conflict was becoming more prevalent on America's streets and racial injustice remained rampant. Early assesments of Kennedy's Presidency were openly admiring, but more recent historians questioned his morals and how much affect he really had on the US.
"A rifle shot punctured the autumn air. The President clutched his throat; a second shot, and the Governor was hit; a third bullet struck the rear of the President's head. Mrs. Kennedy screamed, 'Oh, no' and climbed to the rear of the car for help. The limousine sped to nearby Parkland Memorial Hospital. The President was dead." -Herb Brubaker on Kennedy's assassination, Nov. 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest on November 25th, 1963. The day began with Caroline Kennedy and their nanny singing happy birthday to John F. Kennedy Jr. The procession began at the Capitol and a crowd of over one million people followed the cortege to the White House, then to the Arlington National Cemetery. Lyndon B. Johnson took oath and became president. Impact of the Kennedys The Presidency of John F. Kennedy was not only significant politically, having been the first Catholic President, the youngest, and in office during the height of the cold war, it changed american politics. It was the first mass media The first family took the spotlight like no other had before. They became fashion, and social icons. They became celebrities as well as political leaders. John F. Kennedy continued the Kennedy legacy contributed to the "Kennedy Curse" superstition. Work Cited "1963 Year In Review - Part 1." UPI. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2013.
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