There are many different days that stand out each year for the United States, with some being filled with joy and others with solemnity. Through tragedy lives on a spirit that we never seem to forget, such as 9/11, but what about when it comes to the anniversary of an assassinated former president? This week, we all need to take a second out of our busy day to remember someone who had his life cut way too short and who still has a huge impact on the world today, even after his death.
According to the Washington Post, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, marks the 47th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas this day 47 years ago, and it is truly an event people have not forgotten. Although people around the world often celebrate days of joy, today is a somber remembrance of a former president and a man who was taken from the world too soon. Whether you agree with Kennedy politically or not, you have to stop and think about the legacy he left behind.
Although I was not born yet when Kennedy was assassinated, the former president’s legacy has impacted me in a lot of ways. I think the most important impact for me was that his death was covered so much by the media; it was one of the first really big events that kept people tuned into the television. People all over the world were reading newspapers and listening to the radio to try to get more information on the situation, which was not seen in such a fashion before. Knowing that one man could have such an impact on people outside of America impacted me because it shows he was loved by many people.
Kennedy’s legacy has also impacted me because of his personality. He was always someone who wanted to get the job done his way and did not like being questioned or told no. Kennedy was a person who knew what he wanted and knew how to get it, which is something I admire. I have always tried to be as blunt and self-confident as Kennedy was because I think that was part of why people loved him. Kennedy was someone who was never afraid to say what he meant, and that is something we all need a little more of in this world.
I think that Kennedy’s life and actions are timeless because he was definitely a go-getter in terms of his political aspirations. Kennedy was someone who had a knack for getting what he wanted and made no secret of that, which is good and bad. Kennedy was also a Democrat and a clear progressive of that time period; he ultimately became the icon of the Democratic Party.
Kennedy’s life and actions revolved around the fact he was always energetic and never stopped trying to get what he wanted. I think his actions are something that will be remembered as trend-setting as far as how he handled his administration and his urge to get things done. He also set the standard for the speeches he gave, which is another reason why his life and actions are timeless. Kennedy was known for eloquent speeches; he just had this gift when it came to talking to the American people. Kennedy seemed very outgoing and had this charm and personality that just made people want to listen to his voice. Kennedy was one of the best speakers we have ever had for a president, and he really could be convincing.
Regardless of political affiliation, Kennedy was someone who you just loved to hear because he spoke in such an admirable manner. I think his legacy lives on today as a great speaker and motivator for the American people and as someone who put himself out there to get what he wanted.
Melissa Bell, “Kennedy assassination: Where were you? (Photos)”, The Washington Post