Friday, January 21, 2011

What lessons can we learn today from the leaders of yesterday?

Short blog post today, on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inaugural address. Check out the info in today’s Post recalling the event and some great photos.

Hard not to take Kennedy’s words in the context of today and current events, and the natural question is can we learn anything about discourse and civility from his words on that fateful day five decades ago.

Here is an example of some of Kennedy’s lines from the speech called out by WaPo:

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.

Twitterers were also invited to comment and share favorite Kennedy quotes using the hashtag #jfkquotes. Gotta wonder how Kennedy would have used social media? Try to imagine what the JFK Facebook page would have looked like, or how the scandals (think Marilyn) might have played out on E! Online. I like to think he would have embraced the technology.

Regarding the photos, love seeing JFK in a top hat and don’t miss the gallery with inaugural pix such as Jackie O’s gown. We will always see this family and this time in the country’s history through a veil of nostalgia and glamour but it’s not hard to see why.

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