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December 8, 2011


BELIEVE


The 4th thing JFK could teach President Obama, according to Chris Matthews, is to believe.


Chris says Mr. Obama would do well to continue quoting JFK.  


 He recalls the President recently referred to JFK’s address at American University in June 1963 when he said:


“Man’s reason & spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable & we believe they can do it again.”


Chris Matthews believes this “attitude of hope” could work well today “for the simple reason that we need it to.”


He believes that American leaders “can still tap into something powerful–the astonishing optimism…of the American people.”*


*Matthews says in a recent poll 57% of Americans believe we, as a nation, can still find ways to solve our problems.



                      Chris Matthews
         Photo by chetlyzarko (2007)


December 8, 1962


JFK SENDS CONGRATULATIONS TO TANGANYIKA


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy sent a message of congratulations today to President Julius K. Nyerere on the establishment of the Republic of Tanganyika.



                 Embassy of Tanzania*
                      1232 22nd St. NW
                      Washington, D.C.
                          Sept 27, 1911
                 Photo by John White


*Tanzania was formed in 1964 by the union of Tanganyika & Zanzibar


December 8, 1950


FITZGERALD WILL FILED TODAY


Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The former mayor of the city of Boston, John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, left an estate of $76,000 according to his will filed in Suffolk probate court today.


The Fitzgerald estate is to be divided between his widow, Mary Fitzgerald, & sons John Jr. & Tom.


The late mayor’s daughter, Rose Kennedy, is the executrix.


Mrs. Kennedy, however, is to be left “no part of the estate” for reasons “best known” to John F. Fitzgerald.*



*This is the 1st time I have heard this.  This information comes from “The Kennedys: A Chronological History” by Harvey Rachlin, published by World Almanac in 1986.


If anyone has more information on why Rose was excluded from a share of her father’s estate, please let JFK+50 know.


December 8, 1941


UNITED STATES DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress today following the Japanese attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands.



               FDR’s Address to Congress
                       December 8, 1941


FDR said:


“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 –  a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly & deliberately attacked by naval & air forces of the Empire of Japan.


No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.


With confidence in our armed forces- with the unbounding determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.”*


*The United States Congress overwhelmingly approved the war declaration.


Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we go to meet the foe
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we did the Alamo


We will always remember
How they died for liberty
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
And go on to victory.


Lyrics by Don Reid & Sammy Kaye (1941)


















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