On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States of America. The icon delivered his famous inaugural address 50 years ago today — a speech that was laden with inspired messages that are still very palpable today.
In his moving speech — which is a little over 13 minutes in length — JFK coined the line: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
Google dedicated a special doodle in honor of this inspiring address.
His message of civility seems to be extremely poignant right now, in the wake of the tragic Tuscon, Arizona shooting.
“So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.”
Catch the moving speech below, which to this day, remains a cornerstone of American democracy. JFK’s strong message transcends through generations.