John Kennedy was one of the most skillful orators among all the presidents of United States of America. His speeches were always persuasive, motivating and inspiring. One of his best speeches is “Inaugural Address”, which he addressed to Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice president Nixon, President Truman, Reverend Clergy, and, of course, his fellow citizens. His speech was divided into four major parts, and all the parts were highly inspiring, especially for the ordinary citizens of America. At the beginning of the speech he talks about the founders of USA, and the great respect to them. After that Kennedy tells about the progress of the nation in comparison to the past, after that he ends with couple of pledges. In the third part he tells about the main strategy, the United States should follow, while taking all the possible options into account. Kennedy ends the whole speech expressing his confidence ...view middle of the document...
As for me, this speech is persuasive expressing, John Kennedy expresses publically his personal views and future plans, he shows people that he is also a citizen of United States. I choose this speech because I consider it to be one the most laconic and simultaneously inspiring speeches among the other president’s speeches. When listening or reading the flaming speech of John Kennedy I always find something new in it. What I like the most is the author’s passion and sincerity. In this speech author doesn’t use special text fonts, color, borders, and images such as illustrations and photos. However, in my opinion, it makes the speech even more persuasive. The images and unnecessary illustration would just distract the audience’s attention from the main points of the speech.
In the speech John Kennedy do not directly state the purpose of his speech. However, in my opinion, the speech was addressed to the people of America. What is interesting, every citizen had a chance to feel that he is special, and is honored to listen to the president talking to him personally. John Kennedy didn’t address his speech to concrete person. However, he was speaking to the real patriots, to the citizens of the United States of America. In “Inaugural Address” Kennedy doesn’t also mentions the concrete reasons of his speech. But, the purpose of the speech can be easily read between lines. The reason of his address is to show his electors that they have made the right choice and would never regret about it.
In this speech we see the soul of John Kennedy and he seems to be really confident. The author doesn’t state constraints while speaking. There is no need in it, because, he is talking with free people, and his aim is to show his faith in future, rather than to tell about the restrictions or constraints. In my opinion, John Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” is highly effective. It inspires me even nowadays, because Kennedy talks about the universal truths and beliefs, which are always useful and touching for all the people, who live, or at least used to visit the U.S.A.
John F. Kennedy: "Inaugural Address," January 20, 1961. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. Retrieved from: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=8032.