Fifty years ago today, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as our nation’s 35th president. He was a profligate philanderer, was probably addicted to painkillers, botched the Bay of Pigs and he didn’t really manage to pass any landmark pieces of legislation. To his credit, he managed the Cuban Missile Crisis well, though he may have provoked the crisis by his mishandling of the Bay of Pigs.
So why are we still talking about this guy, even though his administration, by all measures, was kind of a disaster? Well, he was young, he was attractive, he was inspiring and he was gunned down before the end of his first term. If you’d like, check out his inaugural address, it’s worth looking at if you want to understand why we’re still talking about JFK.