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Please explain John F. Kennedy

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Can someone please explain to an American the romanticism of John F. Kennedy'. He has an aircraft carrier named after him and an airport in New York City and probably countless other things named after him. He is also regularly referred to by Barack Obama. I understand he was a Democrat so I would be interested in hearing both from all sides and parties from the political spectrum.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoria...ohn_F._Kennedy

I like his speech about lowering taxes.
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magic bullet!
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His brilliant strategy won the US a miraculous victory in the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Oh wait....
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magic bullet!
Sad as it is, that's 90% of it. An early death makes romanticism so much easier.
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Sad as it is, that's 90% of it.

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I know you're not serious, but my family, especially my mother, are crazy JFK fans. My mom was born in '47 and is a lifelong Democrat, reasonable on some issues but absolutely batshit nuts over JFK. Like, if you criticize anything about him--Cuba, his affairs, the fact that he had to wear glasses and take massive amounts of meds but kept it all hush-hush for his image, whatever--she will berate you for ten minutes on how he was our greatest president ever blah blah Camelot and Jackie blah blah represented ancient ideal of virtue blah blah blah. Very few times in American history have we been so ready to buy into a myth.
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[H]e was our greatest president ever.
No, no ... that was FDR!

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Very few times in American history have we been so ready to buy into a myth.
Reagan is another recent example.
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I know you're not serious, but my family, especially my mother, are crazy JFK fans. My mom was born in '47 and is a lifelong Democrat, reasonable on some issues but absolutely batshit nuts over JFK. Like, if you criticize anything about him--Cuba, his affairs, the fact that he had to wear glasses and take massive amounts of meds but kept it all hush-hush for his image, whatever--she will berate you for ten minutes on how he was our greatest president ever blah blah Camelot and Jackie blah blah represented ancient ideal of virtue blah blah blah.

Very few times in American history have we been so ready to buy into a myth.

He was a good president......for about ten minutes
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I know you're not serious, but my family, especially my mother, are crazy JFK fans. My mom was born in '47 and is a lifelong Democrat, reasonable on some issues but absolutely batshit nuts over JFK. Like, if you criticize anything about him--Cuba, his affairs, the fact that he had to wear glasses and take massive amounts of meds but kept it all hush-hush for his image, whatever--she will berate you for ten minutes on how he was our greatest president ever blah blah Camelot and Jackie blah blah represented ancient ideal of virtue blah blah blah.

Very few times in American history have we been so ready to buy into a myth.

My mom's the same way. Insists LBJ got us into Vietnam and that JFK was a noble man, blah blah blah. She is in most other respects a very reasonable person.
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Dude banged a bunch of starlets, including Marilyn Monroe. Had great hair. Wore cool sunglasses. Personally imported a shit-ton of Cuban cigars before imposing an embargo on them. Died young.

Classic rockstar CV, if you ask me.
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Dude banged a bunch of starlets, including Marilyn Monroe. Had great hair. Wore cool sunglasses. Personally imported a shit-ton of Cuban cigars before imposing an embargo on them. Died young.

Classic rockstar CV, if you ask me.

kinda like the guy in ur avatar....
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kinda like the guy in ur avatar....

You are correct, sir.
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Very few times in American history have we been so ready to buy into a myth.
This is true and I am old enough to remember JFK. 2 observations though. The world was very different in the early 1960s. There was no 24 hour news cycle and the news we received was pretty much spoon fed and simplistic compared to today. Kennedy makes Bill Clinton seem like a Baptist Minister yet he just about got away with it all. The other thing is that martyrdom does wonders for a leaders reputation. And this has held throughout history. Historians tend to be kinder to those that have been martyred.
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