January 20, 2011

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JFK - January 20, 1961 - gazing at the New Frontier.


Fifty years ago this day (in case you haven't already heard about it), John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of The United States.

From my liner notes on the Great Speeches Of The 20th Century Box:

“He was the youngest President. He came at a time when the Cold War had reached a fevered pitch. He spoke of “new frontiers” and the renewed faith in the American Dream. When John Fitzgerald Kennedy took the oath of office that, brisk, snow-dusted January morning in 1961, he captured the imagination of the youth of America. Kennedy spoke of the commitment to change, the possibilities of a world in peace, the idea that we shouldn’t ask what our country should do for us, rather what we should do for our country. It was the beginning of a time we would come to know as Camelot.”

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