John F. Kennedy - A thousand days

John F.

Kennedy - A thousand days

John F. Kennedy was destined to be president
of the United States. He would rather mold history than let history mold
itself. John Kennedy was born in Brookline, MA in 1917. His mother was

Irish and his father was a graduate of Harvard University and had entered
the business world. After their arrival as immigrants, John's grandparents
entered politics. John had attended four different schools before attending

Harvard. He first attended Dexter School in Brookline where he played football.

He was then enrolled at the Riverdale Country Day School in Bronxville,

NY because his father had moved for business reason. He had also attended
the Canterbury School in New Milford, MA and then he spent his secondary
school years at Choate in Wallingford, CT. As a student, Kennedy was average.

He had potential of a great intellect and had a capacity to learn but he
failed to apply himself. Therefore, he was happy as a B student.

In 1946, JFK started down the road mapped
out for him by his father. Since Kennedy was more of a scholar than a politician,
it wasn't easy when he ran for Congress from Massachusetts' 11th district.

Since his family was well known, he fit right in.

He served in the House of Representatives
for six years. Then in 1952, he ran for the Senate against Henry Cabot

Lodge. He won and then began to capture the eyes of men in the Democratic

Party. In 1956 he decided to run as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee,
but he lost to the Senator of Tennessee. His effort, however, earned him
national prominence, exactly what he wanted. In 1960 he won the Democratic

Presidential Contest. From that time on JFK had developed into one of the
most effective speakers in the history of the presidency.

While a junior member of the Senate in

1952, Kennedy me Jacquelin Lee Bouvier, who was working as a photographer
for the Washington Times Herald. On September 12, 1953, they married in

Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. Although Kennedy was not born a politician, he
learned the trade fast. His quest for presidency started in 1959. His campaign
was a very exhausting experience for him. He had planned early on that
he would "cover everything, do everything and see everyone."

The highlight of the 1960 Presidential

Campaign was the series of four television debates between Kennedy and
his opponent, Richard M. Nixon. Even off screen, Kennedy had a way of turning
the debates to his advantage. When the ratings were in, Kennedy had clearly
passed up his opponent by a considerable margin. Many experts believe that
his appearance on television was the key factor in winning most of the
votes. They said that Nixon came off poorly and even looked poorly.

When all the speeches were over, Kennedy
returned to Boston to cast his vote at the West End Branch Library. Within
a few hours it was clear that Kennedy had been elected to do one of the
most demanding jobs in the world. John Kennedy had two children, Caroline
and John Jr. Mrs. Kennedy tried very hard to keep them out of the spotlight
because she was afraid that it would have an adverse effect on their development.

John Jr. loved to hang out in his father's office. John always found time
to spend with his family. It was very rare that he didn't unless there
was a very hectic issue he had to deal with as president.

While the children were cared for much
of the time by Maud Shaw, their private nurse, Mrs. Kennedy would take
over whenever time allowed. More than anything else, the children of John

Kennedy served to personalize and humanize the man. Scenes of the president
playing with his children, carrying their teddy bears, listening to their
problems and caring for their needs were deeply moving scenes. And when
he died, Caroline and John were not yet old enough to understand. Someday
they will and they, more than anyone, will be able to remember the human
side of the man who worked so long and hard for his country. Maybe Caroline
summed it up when she once said, "That's not the president, that's my daddy."

Jackie Kennedy was the daughter of a New

York banker, John Bouvier and Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss of Georgetown. Following
a liberal arts education in American schools, Jackie went to Paris to study
at the Sorbonne. Just after meeting John Kennedy when she was a freshman
senator, she took a job as a photographer and reporter with a Washington

Newspaper.