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Website celebrates 50th anniversary of JFK's inauguration


Posted by Gavin Lucas, 20 January 2011, 12:25    Permalink    Comments (4)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's inaugural address (which is today), the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston has launched a website, created by The Martin Agency, that encourages visitors to revisit the speech and recite it with JFK...

When you visit, the sound of JFK delivering his inauguration speech plays, while the words appear on the screen, broken into segments appearing in rectangular blocks which scroll up the screen, the relevant one highlighted in the middle at any given time . It is these segments of the speech that visitors are encouraged to claim as their own by either posting them via Twitter or Facebook or by recording a video of themselves delivering that segment of speech via their webcam. The overall effect is that of a live stream of people posting up the speech.

Visitors can also opt just to watch the video submissions, rather than all the textual ones, or just the historical video of JFK giving the speech. There is also a Gallery section full of photographs of JFK's big day, including a shot of a draft of the speech in barely legible handwriting, and some detailed shots of the outfit Jackie Kennedy wore that day 50 years ago.

To see the site in action, and potentially participate visit


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Wonderful stuff. Bit better than "alarm clock Britain" isn't it?
This is political rhetoric at its most inspiring, engaging and powerful. Along with JFK's "We choose to go to the Moon" speech, this is as good as it gets. Superb.
2011-01-20 17:59:34

Kennedy was a fraud, pure and simple, as I have discussed in an article entitled, "John F. Kennedy: The Most Despicable President In American History."


The problem is that the Kennedy family members and sycophants have been burying the truth since his assassination, and it needs to be told. When he died, his “image” was frozen in time, but the truth is grotesque. To lionize him like his sycophants have done is a crime, and unconscionable.

The latest travesty is Caroline Kennedy's successful distortion of the truth by forcing the History Channel to drop its already-completed min-series about Kennedy and his wife, starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear.
Timothy D. Naegele
2011-01-21 07:17:56

Yes. But what was happening in the UK on the same date?
2011-01-21 14:03:57

Sorry Timothy - but dropping a TV show with Katie Holmes as Jackie O and Greg Kinnear as JFK has to be a good thing surely? Who was playing NIxon - Ricky Gervais? As for despicable presidents: I can think of at least two post 1963 presidents who were far more 'grotesque' over the full 8 years than Kennedy.

Website looks fabulous btw.
Dan Kenyon
2011-01-21 19:00:23

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