Fifty Years Since Kennedy Beat Nixon

Young Senator narrow beat out Republican nominee

Monday, November 08, 2010

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (R) is sworn in as the 35th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren (L) in front of the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 1961. (STF/AFP/Getty)

It was 50 years ago today that a young Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the first 20th-century born President of the United States, defeating incumbent vice-President Richard Nixon.

We remember that historic election with the man who was coordinator of the Civil Rights section of Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, former Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Penn.).

Guests:

Harris Wofford

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [3]

Becky from Utah

Not sure what happened with my last post... looks funky.

what a mark JFK made on history. It is so fitting that I would run into this post today, after just reading a great memoir about JFK titled, "The Kennedy Detail" by Gerald Blaine... tells an in-depth story about the lives of men who devoted their entire beings to protecting the presidential family: the stress of the secrecy they kept, the emotional bonds that developed, and the heart wrenching impact the assassination had on them as they continued in their jobs, with no time to grieve. An amazing story.

http://www.kennedydetail.com/

Nov. 08 2010 10:59 PM
Becky from Utah

what a mark JFK made on history. It is so fitting that I would run into this post today, after just reading a great <a href="http://www.kennedydetail.com/"> memoir </a> about JFK titled, "The Kennedy Detail" by Gerald Blaine... tells an in-depth story about the lives of men who devoted their entire beings to protecting the presidential family: the stress of the secrecy they kept, the emotional bonds that developed, and the heart wrenching impact the assassination had on them as they continued in their jobs, with no time to grieve. An amazing story.

Nov. 08 2010 10:57 PM
poorRichard

The election was a fraud! JFK, appeared to win the election by taking Illinois, he took that by winning in Chicago. In Chicago, many 10's of thousands of the dead"voted for JFK"! It has been suggested that organized crime provided the dead vote. One of those odd quirks in history, where the 'authorities" in these matters prefer to ignore the facts. Kind of like Hillary, using a different machine to erase minuets then the type used at the Oval Office! O'well!

Nov. 08 2010 09:25 AM

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