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Nixon and the Desired Kennedy Speech


Richard Nixon John Kennedy humor from inauguration of 1961

Despite a hard-fought campaign and a narrow loss to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential election, Richard Nixon was able to maintain some sense of good humor. In congratulating the newly-inaugurated President after the ceremony, Nixon told Kennedy there was one line from the speech he really liked and wished he had said. Kennedy thanked him and asked him if it was, “Ask not what your country can do for you.” Shaking his head, Nixon replied, “No… It was the part where you said, ‘I do solemnly swear….'”


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