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Since the beginning of the glorious post-World War II days to the dawn of the revolutionary 1960s the United States had been led by an uninspiring ordinary farmer who had led the country into yet another war and a seemingly incompetent general primarily described as grandfatherly who had accomplished the better half of nothing in his eight years in office Additionally despite the continuing economic boom the obsequious societal tension produced by the enduring Cold War the escalating civil rights movement and the alienation of the Other America helped to cultivate a nation in great need of hope and inspiration as it entered the tumultuous era of the 1960s It was such a scenario which John F Kennedy faced upon his presidential inauguration on January 20th 1961 one which Kennedys presence would over the course of his three years in office help to simplify However though his positive effects upon the country are undeniable these effects resulted more from Kennedys inspirational demeanor rather than his lacking in both leadership skills and presidential character In his Character Above All article concerning Kennedys presidency Richard Reeves repeatedly compares Kennedys character to that which the great Franklin D Roosevelt displayed during his career This is a fairly presumptuous thing to do given the height to which history has rightly elevated Roosevelt - the conqueror of depression and war whos mere image carried the ability to move citizens to tears in inspiration However Kennedy undeniably carried on some of Roosevelts legacy as an inspiration where Roosevelt inspired with blind optimism and courage Kennedy inspired with seemingly youthful vigor He was after all the youngest president to date and his similarly youthful and intellectual cabinet classic good looks and beautiful family restored spirit in a dejected public convinced that a young man of great ability and progressive ideals sat in the Oval Office A testament to just how high in opinion the public held him was its enthusiastic approval when
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