A reader writes:

Thanks for posting the Kennedy speech. I had never seen or heard it before, but have now played it several times. Being just over 30 years old, the only political speeches I recall are Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, and vaguely Reagan. None of them, not one, captured my attention like the Kennedy speech.

In my studies, I understand the president to be the face of the nation. He is not a law-maker, or a general, but someone who embodies what our country is all about. A figure who instills spirit in the citizens and encourages foreign leaders to follow our example.

When did this change? From my perspective, this changed on November 22, 1963.

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