In 1962 President John F. Kennedy held a press conference in which he informed the audience on his stance for the rising steel prices. Kennedy not only wanted to inform the audience, he wanted to get them on his side of the argument. He wanted to show the audience that the rising steel prices were going to have a negative impact on the nation. To do this Kennedy used some of the rhetoric strategies and tools. He used periodic sentences, anaphora, and diction.
As the president of US, Kennedy has an automatic ethos. However, due to his young age and his Roman Catholic belief, it is still crucial for him to enhance his ethos in the beginning of his presidency. Kennedy first refers to the shared roots between the audience and himself, “We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution”. The audience and the speaker are all the successors of the great funders of United States, who fought for liberty and independence. Kennedy then points out other visible shared experiences: “born in this century” represents he is with the younger generation.
He even promoted about it to the citizens in his most influential inaugural address on 1961. The causes why John F. Kennedy was really concerned about unity were due to religions, racism and to improve relations with other country. The first reason for John F. Kennedy’s concern on unity as indicated in his speech was because of religions. In the world civilization, religions always meant for a special part in life that give the country and people the direction for the future. As the second Catholic President in the United States’ history, John F. Kennedy’s impression kept Americans from believing the power of Catholics such as Cardinal Francis Spellman and Joseph P. Kennedy.
The speech was, other than a few notes, improvised. He establishes a solemn tone while addressing the predominantly black neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kennedy is able to effectively use repetition, allusion, and ethical appeal to support his claim that through tough times, no matter the color of your skin the nation needs to come together and support each other. Kennedy 's use of repetition emphasizes that the United States needs to come together as a nation. Kennedy explains that, “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness…” (Kennedy “Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.”).
He wants all nations to look at the things that join them together and can relate to rather than the things that guide them away from each other. He also says, “…United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided there is little we can do- for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder” (Kennedy 7). Similar to the last quote, Kennedy implies that all nations need to work together and not apart. Kennedy has another line in the speech where he make a reference from Isaiah 58:6 from the Bible, he again, talks about uniting on earth (Kennedy 19).
There was a few positive things as being a new president, he was the first Roman Catholic in the White House, youngest man in office, and the 35th president in the White House. During him being in the White house he wanted to offer America’s beliefs in human rights by starting a civil rights legislation and a stop on poverty and degradation. Kennedy was only in office for 1000 days. He was assassinated on November 11, 1960 in South Dallas. The only man who said they saw the person kill the former president came from Midlothian, Texas.
This is seen in Kennedy’s inauguration speech as he issues the pledges America will make to the world, specifically “to those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery.” To these people, he pledged America’s “best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required (Kennedy)”. The spirit of aid and compassion expressed in Kennedy’s statements make his peaceful hopes for the less fortunate people of the world clear. Being the newly elected leader of the most powerful nation on the planet, Kennedy’s power is immense, and as is his responsibility towards the globe and its peoples. Through his empathetic declaration, Kennedy makes his harmonious desires for the world evident. These feelings of harmony are mirrored throughout Clift’s article in the form of formal and informal stories, which are summed up as “the memories that linger remind [them] of a time when all seemed possible, when a politician could capture the imagination of a country (Clift)”.
Kennedy took a different, more violent approach in confining, and overall stopping the spread of communism. Truman said in his University of Washington Speech that money would be sent to any country that needed financial support in combating communism (Kennedy). In addition to this, he had the same views for military aid. His mission was to support any country fighting communism with the proper weapons if the Soviet Union were to attack (Kennedy). The biggest contrast between Kennedy and the other two presidents was that Kennedy was not afraid of war.
John F. Kennedy Born into a family of politics, becoming the 35th President of the United States probably came as no surprise to John F. Kennedy. During his presidency, he made decisions that guided the direction for generations to come. President Kennedy was faced with what many consider the most stressful and complex matters any leader could have ever experienced. The decisions he made proved he was indeed a Visionary and Ethical Leader. To back my claim of Visionary Leadership, I will explain how he used Change Management from the Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education (BCEE) lesson to start the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
An Olive Branch in Troubled Times On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous inaugural address in the middle of the cold war. The conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union had caused much division in the United States election, resulting in his narrow victory. Kennedy, at the time he took the presidential office, was the first Roman Catholic and the youngest president to ever hold the position. These two factors caused even more speculation on whether Kennedy was a fit president especially at such a conflicted time. With this tension in mind, Kennedy sought to unite the divided country and reinvigorate patriotism in the new generation of Americans.