JFK Assassination: 50th Anniversary
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts in a wealthy and powerful political family. He was second of nine brothers and sisters, educated at the best schools and graduated from Harvard in 1940 wealthy. Jack was a very intelligent and popular student. John's father had the dream that one of his sons would become President and expected his oldest son, Joe Jr., to fulfil this dream one day.
Both Kennedy brothers served in World War II and Joe, a pilot died in action. After the war Jack Kennedy worked as a journalist for a short period and decided to enter politics in 1946. With his father’s help he managed to get elected to the U.S. Congress in 1947. John served as a Democrat congressman for six years and then became a U.S. Senator in 1953.
The same year he married 24-year-old Jacqueline (Jackie) Lee Bouvier, a beautiful and cultured young woman who would become one of the most famous First Ladies in history. Only two of their four children, Caroline and John Fitzgerald Jr. survived infancy. However, JFK’s affairs with various women continued, the most famous of whom was Marilyn Monroe. Later biographies of the mentally unstable actress suggest that she committed suicide because the President refused to carry on a relationship with her after a weekend spent together in Palm Springs.
Kennedy ran for President in 1960 against current Vice President Richard Nixon. He won in one of the closest elections in history and served as President between 1961-63. Throughout his presidency, JFK managed to create a public image immensely attractive to much of America. He was the first "television President;" with his charm and good looks he took full advantage of that medium. However, the President also had many worries. One of the things he worried about most was the possibility of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. He knew that if there was a war, millions of people would die.
Jackie Kennedy’s first major project as First Lady was to restore and preserve the White House. She enlisted the aid of many experts and gathered outstanding examples of American art and furniture from around the United States. On the other hand, she was a thoughtful mother and wanted a real home for her family. She turned the sun porch on the third floor into a kindergarten school for Caroline and 12 to 15 other children, who came every morning at 9:30. There was also a swimming pool, a swing set, and a tree house on the White House lawn for the children.
Kennedy’s assassination cut short a brilliant career. During the 21 hours that the president's body lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda, about 250,000 people filed by to pay their respects. The ceremony was partly modelled on the funeral of Abraham Lincoln at the request of Jackie Kennedy. JFK was laid to rest on November 25th in Arlington National Cemetery. More than 100 countries were represented and millions of people watched on television. Afterward, at the grave site, Mrs. Kennedy and her husband's brothers, Robert and Edward, lit an eternal flame.
wealthy – vagyonos
to expect - számítani valamire
to serve - szolgálni (katonaként)
to survive – túlélni
infancy – kisgyerekkor
affair – viszony
mentally unstable - mentálisan instabil
to commit – elkövetni
suicide – öngyilkosság
to refuse - elutasítani, visszautasítani
current - érvényes, jelenlegi (itt akkori)
public image - közvéleményben kialakult kép
attractive – vonzó
charm – sárm
to take advantage of – kihasználni
aid - segítség, sagely
expert – szakértő
outstanding – kiemelkedő
porch – veranda
assassination – meggyilkolás
to lie in state - ravatalon feküdni
to pay respects - tiszteletet leróni
funeral – temetés
request - kérés
to be laid to rest - örök nyugalomra helyezni
to be represented - képviselteti magát
eternal flame – örökmécses