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The presidency of John F Kennedy is one of the most remarkable in Americas political history In his three year term as president Kennedy was faced with some of the most challenging social political and economic issues that our country has ever seen His choices and policies regarding events like the Vietnamese War and the Cuban Missile Crisis would be key parts in shaping our country today Despite the glorified image of Kennedy that many Americans hold to today there is another side of his presidency that is often missed When one takes a closer look at the details of his rise to power as well as the real ideals--not those presented to the public--behind his political decisions they would see that his presidency cannot be summed up by his public image but can be understood by carefully examining the circumstances surrounding his administration In order to understand how Kennedys political strength grew to where it did it is first important to look at his early political training After high school Kennedy studied for a while at the London School of Economics in 1935 From there he entered Princeton University but was unable to stay because of an attack of jaundice In 1936 he enrolled at Harvard University where he graduated in 1940 Kennedy gained invaluable political experience even when he was still at Harvard He twice visited Europe to watch international politics at his fathers side his father was the Ambassador to England at that time He did not cease his studies after Harvard but went on to study at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in California By the time that Kennedys political career started he was already well studied in economics and politics Kennedy volunteered for the army in 1941 at the brink of World War II He was stationed as a lieutenant in the Solomon Islands where he commanded a PT 109 When his boat was sunk by the Japanese
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