JFK vs LBJ - Kennedy: Camelot Boy King With as much...

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Kennedy: “Camelot” – Boy King “With as much artifice as conviction, the Kennedys helped to generate the myth of Camelot – the beautiful and stylish wife, the active and attractive leader, the high culture, the entourage of brilliant and dedicated public servants – a time that belonged, by design, with the legends of chivalric courts.” Background: Everything came easy to him because of his family name. Educated at Harvard. His mother’s side of the family was very politically connected. His father made his money in shipping and in whiskey during prohibition. Joe Kennedy invested in Hollywood before it became famous. His brother, Joe Jr., was the star of the family (athletically and whatnot), he was being groomed to be the 1 st Catholic President, but died in WWII. JFK became competitive academically. Kennedy’s were the first family to use the White House publicly and socially, first to have public tours. JFK recognized the power of television to get to Americans. Image was important. Myths: War Hero image – decorated Naval Officer Portrayed as a family man Healthy, athletic Liberal democrat Man (Reality) Bad back, addicted to prescription pain killers Indecisive
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course HISTORY 101 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '11 term at United States Merchant Marine Academy.

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