In 1960 when John F. Kennedy became the new president of the United States, it was if there was a rebirth across this nation. Kennedy and his administration transformed America from a dull staid country into a vibrant leader of the free world, and asked for legislation to implemented such policies as equal rights and civil rights, speed economic growth, get better heath care fore the elderly, and improve education, among others. He himself called it ‘The New Frontier’ but his wife, Jackie Kennedy, referred to this time as ‘Camelot.’
Camelot is a direct comparison to King Arthur and the Knights of the round table. It was an idyllic time in that kingdom, where there was peace and happiness, everyone had a new direction, things were getting done, jobs aplenty, and optimism reigned over all.
The Kennedy years are some of the most fondly remembered times in recent history. Those that can recall these times know that when Kennedy was president, anything was possible. So much so, that when he stated the impossible—that man would walk on the moon by the end of the 60’s decade, everyone believed him. And on a hot July day, as Neil Armstrong stepped on to the moon, the legacy of John F. Kennedy was realized on that day in the Sea of Tranquility.
Today, we no longer have John Kennedy, but we do have a product of the Kennedy administration in Barack Obama. Equal rights and civil rights policies from the Kennedy era have allowed the chance for Obama to become president, and he was voted in by a landslide.
However, in the thick of the campaign, one person spoke out and endorsed Mr Obama, and gave him an endorsement that quite possibly turned the tide on his way to becoming president. This person was Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F., and she spoke about the days of her father, a new direction and a new beginning.
Truth be told, she was speaking about Camelot, saying that no president had inspired her the way that people had always been saying that JFK, her very own father, had inspired them. Ethically straight, and expecting those around him to uphold the same qualities, lifting our spirits and expecting every one of us to get involved, so are the ideals of Barack Obama, and they mirror exactly those of President Kennedy.
And Obama has hit the ground running. His stimulus bill, particularly in the area of green industry, is expected to create millions of jobs. He has thrown open the door on stem cell research, giving patients with incurable diseases and maladies, real hope.
Just those policies alone are the basis for a new beginning. He has taken bold steps to build the economy, then given the science and medical profession the resources they have requested for years.
It’s a new beginning, a new direction, there’s a certain optimism in the air, things are getting done once again, and I believe it’s starting to feel exactly like…a new Camelot!
John F. Kennedy would have been proud!
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