December 9, 10 & 11, 2011
SHOW THE VISION
The 5th thing President Obama can learn from JFK according to Chris Matthew’s recent Time Magazine article, is to show the vision.
“We (Americans) like nothing more than going somewhere. Kennedy knew this. 50 years later, he remains a pathfinder, a man who was going places & taking us along.”
Mr. Matthews points to a recent poll of Americans which indicates most would add JFK to Mount Rushmore alongside Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Theodore Roosevelt.
Mr. Matthews believes President Obama “needs to give us purpose” just as President Kennedy did with nuclear arms control, the Peace Corps & the space program.
Chris says: “What is missing now is a spirit of adventure, of common purpose, a positive feeling….a sense of mission.”
“And yes, there is, the most important, most vital reason for Obama to be more like Kennedy:
He promised he would.”
Gazes at JFK Portrait
January 24, 2009
Photo by Pete Souza
White House Photo
December 9, 1962
JFK ENJOYING REST AT HOME OF BING CROSBY
Palm Springs, California (JFK+50) President Kennedy is spending the night at the home of singer/entertainer Bing Crosby here in Palm Springs after a weekend tour of space development & nuclear sites in the southwest.
The President visited Strategic Air Command headquarters in Omaha, Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque & the Nevada Testing facility.
Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye
“White Christmas” 1954
December 10, 1953
SENATOR KENNEDY CRITICAL OF TENNESSEE POLICY ON NEW INDUSTRY
Chattanooga, Tennessee (JFK+50) Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, speaking at the Chattanooga Rotary Club today, discussed what he considers to be “unfair competitive practices” in the South in general & in the state of Tennessee in particular.
JFK cited the state’s policy of inviting new industries to open “tax free factories by issuing federally tax exempt municipal revenue bonds.”
Dr. David M. Abshire
Center for the Study
of the Presidency & Congress
Chattanooga Rotary Club
*Dr. Abshire was special counselor to President Reagan
December 9, 1950
SPY HARRY GOLD SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS
Having confessed to being a courier between Klaus Fuchs, the British scientist who stole atomic secrets, & the Soviets, Harry Gold was sentenced to 30 years in prison today.
Gold, a 39 year old research chemist, was accused of being a “go-between” with Soviet agents by Klaus Fuchs.*
*Harry Gold, born in Switzerland, was paroled in May 1965. He died in Philadelphia in 1972.
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JFK+50 will be taking a break for a couple of days. Please check back for the next post on Monday, December 12, 2011.