CHAPTER 7

The Follower

Self-Sacrifice

On a cold Friday morning of January 20, 1961, at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol, in Washington, America swore in her youngest and one the most charismatic leader she has ever seen—President John F. Kennedy. Following a narrow victory over Richard Nixon, an 8-year incumbent Vice President, Kennedy, a war hero and a Pulitzer Prize winner delivered an inauguration speech of hope, strength, compassion and the belief in the power of Americans working together.

The crowd lauded Kennedy when he threw the challenge to his fellow Americans to a lifetime commitment toward public service for the greater good. Americans, young and old, harkened to Kennedy when he said, “Ask not what your country ...

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