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A New Generation John F Kennedy and a New Generation by David Burner discuss his presidency with regards to his youth style and courage as opposed to his actual achievements Many people feel that Kennedys term was full if image boosting events and lacked substance and outstanding accomplishments Kennedy appealed to the public with his style and looks Kennedy a Roman Catholic appealed to certain groups which formed the solid support of the familys power Many groups such as Jews blacks blue-collar democrats Hispanics and Asians supported him because he represents a partial fulfillment of a national promise that Americans even of recent immigrant background might reach for wealth homes education for their children or an ideal of justice Burner 1 Like Franklin D Roosevelt and his fireside chats JFK made the voters responsive to the air of easy confidence he portrayed Burner 48 In 1960 Kennedy ran for the presidency with Senator Lyndon B Johnson of Texas against Republican Vice President Richard M Nixon The debates between Nixon and Kennedy were televised Burner believes that Nixons biggest error turned out to be agreeing to this series of four debates Burner 53 Nixon appeared dull and unattractive while Kennedy performed with maturity and style He pledged to get the country moving again with his New Frontier policy Kennedy et al 597 Kennedy won by a narrow margin and became the youngest president elected to office as well as the first Roman Catholic accomplishments was the formation of the Peace Corps which sent young American volunteers abroad to help less developed nations raise their standard of living This organization did more than combat the Cold War it created nations Although this was an important organization many feel that it was created to maintain the support of the younger American and to add to his image as a people pleaser The space programs were another successful accomplishment ok JFK Unlike Eisenhower who was unworried
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