The Nation: We Shall Pay Any Price

Foul weather and a fine speech provided the most memorable moments of a historic week.

It was the week of changeover in the U.S. Government, and for only the fifth time in the 20th century a new President moved into the White House in place of an outgoing President of the opposing political party. A blizzard threatened to turn the whole momentous occasion into a farce—but President John Kennedy, delivering his inaugural address (see box on next page), more than saved the day.

Message of Hope. Kennedy's inauguration speech went beyond mere rhetoric derived from the U.S. past; it had profound...

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