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Blaize HiteMr NelsonModern American Studies Period 15 Novermber 1996Theodore C SorensenKennedyNew York Harper Row 1965 783 ppJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29 1917 in the Boston suburb ofBrookline Kennedy was the son of Joseph P Kennedy a formerambassador to GreatBritain Kennedy was much like his father possesing a delightful sense of humor a strongfamily loyalty a concern for the state of the nation endless vitality and a constant air ofconfidence no matter how dire the situation Kennedy Sorensen Harper Row NewYork 1965 Page 18 Growing up in a priviliged household and graduating with honors from Harvard Heserved as an assistant to his father 1938 naval officer 1941-1945 journalist 1941 and1945 and Congressman 1947-1953 he had traveled to every major continent and talkedwith the presidents and prime ministers of some thirty-seven countries In 1952 he waselected to the United States Senate and in 1953 he married Jaqueline Bouvier Howeverone year later a spinal operation brought him to the edge of deaths door causing him todeeply reflect on his character Sorensen 28 After his dangerous operation heresearched and wrote a book about democracy The next year narrowly missing the VicePresidential nomination of his party Kennedy emerged as a national figure in largedemandJohn Kennedy was not one of the Senates great leaders Sorensen 43 Veryfew laws of great importance bear his name Even after his initial traditionally inactivefreshman year in the Senate his chances for major contributions to the Senate excludinghis stances on fair labor reform and against rackets were constantly diminished of hisPresidential campaign His voting record reflects his open minded views and strengthedbeliefs He was well liked and respected by many Senators Kennedy was regarded forhis eagerness and cool logic in debate situations His only real enemy was SenatorJoseph McCarthy of Wisconsin Sorensen 45McCarthys rough and wide-ranging huntsfor Red pinks and headlines had stomped on the freedoms of people who had notcommitted a crime and Kennedy was too rational and reasonable
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