Rise and Demise
The rise to presidency can be a long, challenging road that not just anyone can handle. Proved by the fact that both Kennedy as well as Nixon had both achieved this goal however, it can be said that one’s background in some cases is completely irrelevant. It is the determination, presentation, and the goals of a candidate’s campaign that prove if the candidate is worthy of election. Although from different backgrounds and beliefs, Kennedy and Nixon both shared a common goal to defend the world from the threat of Communism, as well as strengthen the military and deal with other foreign policy issues. In the end though, Kennedy would win the 1960 election and go on to become a great president up until his untimely end. Nixon would also achieve his goal of eventually becoming president in 1969, but only to become the first and last to resign from office, meeting an end that could not rival Kennedy’s but was unfortunate all the same. So to mention that both were similar in certain ways would be an understatement, but that’s not to say they didn’t have their differences, which will be evidenced by the following essay. These two were both great men, both had a common goal, and yet both were so different in their background history it’s almost unimaginable to see them both rise to the same position of power. It seems that Kennedy may have had it a little easier than Nixon, but this did not deter Nixon from his eventual goal.
Growing up, Kennedy had what some would call the easy life. His father Joseph Kennedy, had been rich, was an ambassador, and was also a hero of The Great War whose actions had become legendary. In 1947 JFK was just 29 years old and unmarried, as well as the governor of Massachusetts. He had a very good education, which only enhanced his image as a rarity in the eyes of his fellow politicians as having a very enjoyable personality, good looking, and overall very smart. It was said that John was a...
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