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SHOW THE VISION

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.


Chris writes:


“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 adds:


“And yes, there is, the most important, most vital reason for Obama to be more like Kennedy: 


He promised he would.”



                   President Obama 
              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
                      March 2010*


*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.

                          Harry Gold


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