Is Obama like JFK? Unfortunately, yes

The passage of time can have a peculiar effect on one’s memory. Some recollections can be magnified, increasing their perceived significance, while others diminish, lessening their importance and effect. And then you have instances where recollections take on a whole new incarnation. These memories ignore facts and realities and instead are built upon feelings. The specifics of the past events take a back seat to the feelings one gets when recalling such event.
America, in general, tends to suffer from this distorted recollection whenever the topic of President John F. Kennedy comes up. They forget the facts of his administration and instead conjure up the feelings they felt when they watched the footage of the toddler John-John saluting the passing horse drawn coffin of his assassinated father. It is a strong image, to say the least, and regardless of one’s opinion of JFK’s administration, it is an image that will stir the soul of all but those who have no heart. The lasting effects of those images, however, do not even come close to defining the Kennedy administration; an administration fraught with political novices and idealist intentions that brought this nation, and the world, to the brink of nuclear annihilation. Nevertheless, nostalgia has overtaken the realities of Kennedy’s mistakes, and whenever great presidents are mentioned his name always seems to make the top of the list.
It comes as no surprise then that many people are comparing Barrack Obama to Kennedy. Just like the catholic from Massachusetts, Obama is different from anything they have ever seen before in a presidential candidate. He is relatively young, handsome, and an eloquent speaker that knows how to deliver the right words to a crowd to make them feel good. He does not burden his speeches with harsh realities or onerous substance. Rather, he taps into the emotions of the American people in order to invoke an emotional response. Like Kennedy, Obama realizes that emotion is a much stronger motivator than reality. Given the choice, most Americans would rather feel good about a concept unencumbered by confusing details (CHANGE) than to face the veracity of facts (Exactly what does this mantra of CHANGE mean?).
But these are not the only similarities Obama shares with Kennedy. He also shares the same inexperience and idealistic notions. Charm and superior communicatory skills are great assets for a presidential candidate, but they count for little, if anything, when facing down the sworn enemies of this country. Nikita Kruschev anticipated as much from Kennedy, and from their first meeting, realized he was correct. Kennedy’s oratory expertise and impressive public persona did nothing to deter Kruschev from taking advantage of his American counterpart’s weakness and lack of experience. For all of Kennedy’s abilities to deliver a good speech and tap into the American public’s emotions, he could not elicit the same from the Soviets. Sizing him up as a weak leader, Kruschev proceeded to build the Berlin Wall and deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba, ninety miles away from US shores.
Today, not much has changed in the world from forty-eight years ago. The players are different, but the same hatred against the United States exists and there is no shortage of enemies that would like to hurt this country. America survived the dark and terrifying times of the Kennedy administration, but that was due more to circumstance than by anything JFK ever did. In spite of his grave errors in judgment, we were able to eventually overcome the Soviet threat and win the cold war. It ended up taking decades and the strong, unflinching hand of Ronald Reagan to finally put an end to the Soviets and their deadly aggression.
On November 4th, America will be faced with a decision similar to the one they faced in November of 1960. Back then, they went for the candidate that made them feel good, and that candidate’s inexperience and idealism brought this great nation to the brink of nuclear war.
It remains to be seen who America will choose this Election Day. If they do elect what many have proclaimed to be the next JFK, his supporters will not be the only ones celebrating—our enemies will be celebrating, too.
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3 thoughts on “Is Obama like JFK? Unfortunately, yes”

  1. And the fact they studied at the same university. However, we see that Obama took a different route as far as associates are concerned. Many people are enamoured with him and his ideals. So much for that. The same with Obama. However, Obama’s promise of change is very much to the left, to the extreme left and this is a different course than any we have seen.

  2. Hay una diferencia –
    JFK was young, naive and learning his way. He was also an American Can Do Patriot at heart. I do not have the same feeling about Sen. Obama – the Can’t Do Candidate so far as the US is concerned. For starters, let’s look at “Mr. Obama’s Neighborhood.”
    He is certainly no “Mr. Rogers” with Ayers, Wright, Khalidi, Pfleger and Farrakhan. That is Not a “Neighborhood” – it is a Rogues Gallery.

  3. And Obama has already been tested. And he flunked.
    Remember when he said he’d meet with our enemies without preconditions? A few days ago the Iranian VP said THEY would set the preconditions: withdrawal from Iraq and ending of support for Israel.
    Not even president yet and he’s already been bitch-slapped.
    At least JFK said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
    Would Obama say that? Or any Democrat?

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