John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. While in office, John F. Kennedy accomplished many things and improved his country. To some, he may be considered as a poor president, but I believe he was good for something.
John F. Kennedy is one of America’s most loved presidents, yet his time in office was famously ended by his assassination only two years into ...view middle of the document...
Kennedy was noble enough to serve as our president.
Kennedy made a name for himself as a Cold Warrior, and took an aggressive line in his dealings with the Soviet Union. Whilst this was possibly a tool for gaining popular support at home, he often failed to consider the messages that he was sending to the USSR, who regarded his speeches as indications of America’s aggressive intent towards them. With his skills, he also had downfalls, which is understandable and made him a good president anyways.
Kennedy is also remembered for his part in the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event which history remembers as the closest that the world ever came to nuclear war. In the end, Kennedy negotiated the removal of missile bases from Cuba in exchange for his removal of missiles from Turkey. This was a skillful political operation, making a good move on his part. Kennedy was also a risk taker.
Domestically, Kennedy had very limited achievements. He was only in office for a short time, throughout which he had a very poor relationship with Congress. Nevertheless, he did make important steps towards ending racial discrimination. His Civil Rights Act was not passed until after his death, but it is fitting that we should give him credit for it.