Barack Obama Address at Cairo University

Barack Obama Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small, but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but […]

John Kennedy President Pitzer, Mr. Vice President, Governor, Congressman Thomas, Senator Wiley, and Congressman Miller, Mr. Webb. Mr. Bell, scientists, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen: I appreciate your president having made me an honorary visiting professor, and I will assure you that my first lecture will be very brief. I am delighted to be […]

Kennedy Inaugural Speech

John Kennedy Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend Clergy, fellow citizens: We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom symbolizing an end as well as a beginning signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and […]

Little Theodore Roosevelt came into the world on October 27, 1858 a weak, sickly child. He suffered from asthma that forced him to sleep sitting up. Instead of dying, as was fashionable among sickly children back then, Teddy Roosevelt took up boxing and beat his asthma so hard that when he died in 1919, one […]

On Jan. 9, 1961, John F. Kennedy delivered his final address before the Massachusetts State House. In that address, known as the “City on a Hill” speech, JFK invoked the American Puritan tradition and established a vision of an idealized America that remains on the American political scene to this day. As we look back […]

Some Presidents go down in history as courageous, visionary, principled or even almost superhuman. Some are remembered for being great reformers as much as for having fabulous headgear (Abraham Lincoln, I’m lookin’ at you). Others, well…not so much. What can I say, they can’t all be Roosevelts. 10) William Henry Harrison Legend has it our […]

On Nov. 22, 1963, the day of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination, he was meant to address the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council at the Dallas Trade Mart. Kennedy hits four major points of “American strength” in his speech. With an approval rating that day of 58, it’s apparent that Kennedy prepared this […]

Although President John Fitzgerald Kennedy secured his presidency by a mere 17 percent margin, he won over the American population fully in his inauguration address. The speech was a little bit country, little bit rock n’ roll: Cold War intentions and domestic agenda. It was through this inaugural speech that America tasted his new vision […]

While we can never know what John F. Kennedy may have accomplished if he had not been assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, in his short presidential term he managed to exert a great deal of influence over the course of world events. These five speeches highlight some of President Kennedy’s greatest moments. 5) Address to […]

Kennedy’s last speech. It was never delivered. Trade Mart Speech (Kennedy’s Last Speech) The president was scheduled to deliver this speech the day he was assassinated, November 22, 1963. I am honored to have this invitation to address the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council, joined by the members of the Dallas Assembly — […]