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Who Was The Best U.S. President?

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In my opinion, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was an exceptional president because he had three important qualities of a U.S. President: caring for the citizens' needs, concern for international relations, and helping contribute to advances in science. As he said in his inaugural address: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." ("The Presidents of the United States of America") While he was in office, he followed this advice and tried to make an impression on the country.

Kennedy cared for the citizens' needs when he helped African Americans get the rights that they deserved. For example, a couple weeks before the 1960 presidential election, ...view middle of the document...

Robert Kennedy commissioned 400 federal marshals to protect the freedom riders. President Kennedy's Civil Rights work was finished after he was assassinated. New president, Lyndon B. Johnson, continued Kennedy's work ended when passed the Civil Rights Act. ("Civil Rights Movement")

Kennedy also made an impact on the country where international relations were concerned. In a routine surveillance check over Cuba, President Kennedy found out that the Soviet Union was building nuclear missiles. This was a major international crisis and needed to be dealt with immediately! Wanting to keep his knowledge of this secret from the Soviet Union and Cuba, he decided to meet privately with his advisors. They decided to place a naval blockade around Cuba, preventing the Soviet Union from bringing in more supplies for the missiles. Since Nikita Khrushchev now realized that the U.S. now knew about the nuclear missile construction sites, both countries realized that there could be a nuclear war. In a pledge with the Soviet Union, the United States promised not to invade Cuba if the Soviet Union dismantled the weapon sites in Cuba. The Soviet Union agreed, removing the missiles from Cuba, but they continued to build their military arsenal. Though the threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis was over, the arms race was not. To help make peace with the Soviet Union, President Kennedy established the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty on the 25th of July 1963, about nine months after the Cuban Missile Crisis started. ("Cuban Missile Crisis")

Another area where Kennedy showed us how to be proactive citizens was in the ignition of interest in the space race. Kennedy wanted to bring the U.S. to the forefront of global space exploration, so he expanded the budget of the space program. He did this by asking Congress to allot $7-9 billion for the advancement of the space program over the next 5 years. He thought that "this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." ("Space Program") President Kennedy tried to get the nation to have more interest in space exploration. He believed in NASA's (National...

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