Assembled on the steps of the Capitol building were close family and friends

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Assembled on the steps of the Capitol building were close family and friends, proud of him for taking on such a vital and busy role in American society. 1
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He presents himself as cool and collected, totally unbothered by the likes of nerves. The tone of his speech is interpreted as upbeat and positive to get Americans excited about the road ahead, but the tone also quickly switches in a serious way to address issues that must be faced head-on and resolved throughout his four-year tenure. His gestures and body language affect his message by keeping the crowd engaged and further emphasizing his points in his speech. His rhetoric during the address is irresistibly persuasive and has an impressive effect on the audience. Kennedy’s unforgettable speech began by discussing how important liberty and democratic freedoms are not for just Americans but for people abroad, and also how he desires for peace, while simultaneously wanting to be a leading nation who works in a position of strength. The crowd accepted this very well, agreeing and complying with such a strong topic. He discussed how the country should band together, especially the richer inhabitants, to lift individuals and groups of people out of poverty, and to free them from oppression. He goes on to explain how he will “support any friend, [and] oppose any foe in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.” Personally, I believe the highest points of this address certainly had to be his saying of “those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside”, and his closing statement/call to action, “ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.” The challenge he issued to all of the American public, stated previously, really pushed Americans to think differently and want to do more. Overall, the speech was overwhelmingly memorable, and one the public will never forget. 2
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