JFK: The Speech Controversy

Conspiracy theories swirl around John F. Kennedy’s presidency and assassination. The charismatic president proved to be an independent mind among his constituents while still maintaining popularity among the public. His desire for popularity was evident in his inaugural speech on Jan 20, 1961, which was tape-delayed on television and edited by White House officials. The edit was made because of the shocking line given by JFK encouraging the American public to act selfishly in regards to the country.

The White House officials edited the tape to say, “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” That was in fact the opposite of what the President said. Click on the portrait below for a clip from the the original, unedited recording of the famous speech by JFK.


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