JFK: Legacy and Image
Monday, November 18, 2013
According to Francis Graham Lee, Ph.D., professor of political science, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, is one of the defining events of 20th century America. But although the assassination occurred 50 years ago, Kennedy’s presidency lives on, says Lee, in many of the choices the American populace has made at the chief executive level. In this video, Lee discusses Kennedy’s lasting legacy for his and subsequent presidencies: “It’s image,” Lee says.
At the age of 43, Kennedy was the youngest president to be elected to the office. His victory paved the way for younger and less experienced candidates, like Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and to a certain extent, the Republican candidate George W. Bush, to run for and win the highest office in the land. “[Kennedy’s image] still resonates,” Lee notes.