Talk:Inauguration of John F. Kennedy

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Organizational Issues[edit]

I was curious as to why you chose to organize the article the way you did. Why did you do that? I found that the main inauguration paragraph included information about a variety of different aspects of the inauguration that weren’t necessarily related. Also, why did you put the main section on the Inaugural Address under the section “Inauguration Day”, but the section about famous quotations was not under “Inaugural Address”, but also under “Inauguration Day”? My suggestion would be to further divide the main “Inauguration Day” paragraph into smaller paragraphs or even different headings. For example, there could be a different paragraph/heading for the contrast between Eisenhower and Kennedy, and a different paragraph for the mini-crisis (the lectern catching on fire, the snow storm, etc.), another paragraph for the “firsts” of the inauguration, etc. You could also perhaps shorten the introduction, and move some of the information to the “Inauguration Day” heading.

Why is it significant that he required men to wear hats?

Also, what are the most significant aspects of the inauguration? I think maybe you could pick those out and highlight them more.

On a positive note, I love that you put the video of the address on the article. Another suggestion would be to add more links. The references could be improved. --Beth Hollwood (talk) 18:18, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

In my opinion, the most significant aspect of Kennedy's inauguration was his Inaugural Address. I did highlight that later on, demonstrating it's importance in society, and included a short analysis.

As well, since the speech was delivered on his inauguration day, I thought that it made sense to put the speech under the heading "Inaugural Day". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nliconti (talkcontribs) 14:35, 1 June 2011 (UTC)


Most of the info here isn't about the inauguration at all. This whole article should folded into the entry on JFK. TruthGal (talk) 20:15, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

Comment and Question[edit]

THis article was well-written and informative. For the introduction, it is mentioned that JFK promised to "get the country moving again" in his campaign. What state was the country in at the beginning of his inauguration? --BlairJames24 (talk) 14:34, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

First, Cold War tensions largely grew under Eisenhower's presidency. Eisenhower also increased U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, which had begun under Truman's presidency. Eisenhower dispatched the first American soldiers to Vietnam as military advisors to Diem's army in February of 1955. In addition, during his second term he became increasingly involved in Middle Eastern affairs, sending troops to Lebanon in 1958. Domestically, Eisenhower's presidency brought three recessions. Eisenhower allowed the recessions to occur, to balance out the wartime inflation. As well, Democrats attacked Eisenhower for not taking a public stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist campaigns. Lastly, at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, President Eisenhower refused to agree with the opinion of the Supreme Court when they decided on the decision regarding Brown v. Board of Education. The 1950's were a time of conformity, increasing Cold War tensions, and deep rooted racism. Kennedy was focused on altering this state of mind and refreshing the American image.

Hope that helps!

Hi, this article has an error in temperatures at the Inaugural, probably just mixed up the degrees C and degrees F. It snowed in January, so the temp should be 20F, not 20C (68F). Thought about changing it myself, but you may want to do some research and find out the real temp, or delete the whole mention of temperature that morning. From Bill Delehunt (talk) 08:42, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Yep, good catch! The mistake was corrected. But next time, be bold! - Mtmelendez (Talk) 01:45, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Redirect change?[edit]

I arrived at this page by searching for "JFK Inaugural Address". I arrived at this page (about the inauguration in general), when I really wanted to arrive at the page specifically about his inaugural address. Should this redirect be changed, or should a hatnote or something be put at the top so people can find the more specific article? Benny476 (talk) 17:52, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

Merger proposal - Inaugural Address[edit]

I propose the following merger:

The reasons are because the Inaugural address article only includes 3 subsections about the actual address (Drafting, Main ideas of the speech, and Rhetorical elements), and could easily be incorporated into the section within this article, which is currently small and points to the stand-alone article. While the address in and of itself is notable, I believe the two subjects are so related that they should be included as one. The event (JFK's presidency starting point and the address) can be argued as a starting point of the generational shift in America known as the 1960s, but if that can be adequately sourced then the impact and legacy of the inauguration event as a whole would be the subject for such discussion, and not just the address. Please comment below. Thanks! - Mtmelendez (Talk) 15:23, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

Since no opposition was noted in month, I merged the material. - Mtmelendez (Talk) 12:16, 25 March 2014 (UTC)


Posting additional references I've found, for future use. - Mtmelendez (Talk) 12:16, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Sorensen, Theodore C. Kennedy. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1965.
  • Tofel, Richard J. Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee Publisher, 2005.

Inaugural Address[edit]

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. [A quote from Kahlil Gibran]"

Chris Matthews (Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, Simon & Schuster, 2011, Reader's Digest, 2013, pp 11 & 209) attributes this phrase to Kennedy's high school headmaster, LeBaron Briggs:

"[The] youth who loves his alma mater will always ask not 'What can she do for me?' but 'What can I do for her?'"

Peaceandlonglife (talk) 23:03, 16 January 2017 (UTC)