Author Honors JFK With Presidential Speech Reading

David McCullough reads excerpts from Kennedy's famous speeches in Dallas.
5:33 | 11/22/13

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-- these. Applies now no less than half a century ago and we'll continue that is so. To be taken to -- far into the future. Gone but not forgotten is the old expression. For departed hero. We have not forgotten. They are not gone. On this day especially. Maybe this place it. Let us listen again there's no -- John F Kennedy's. The new frontier of which -- speak is not a set of promises. It is says. Challengers. It sums -- not what -- intended to offer the American people but what I intend to ask them. This nation was founded by -- many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal. And the rights of every man -- diminished. -- rights of one -- Are threatened. The heart of the question news. Weather we're going to treat our fellow Americans. As we want to be treated. We must educate our children. -- our most valuable resource. We must have training people many -- people their finest talents brought to the teen his fish. We US -- I don't -- many scientists mathematicians. Technicians. We must have people skills in the humanities. I look forward to -- America which reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or state craft. I look forward to -- America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strengths. But -- civilization. This country. Karen afford to be materially rich and spiritually mature. -- is a great -- And Humana is -- You can humanizing experience. The life of the -- far from being interruption. A distraction. In the life of a nation. Is very close to the center of a nation's purpose. And it is the tests. The quality of the nation's civilization. I am certain that after the dust of centuries. Has passed over our cities. We too will be remembered not for -- our victories. -- defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions. To the human spirit. If more politicians -- poetry. And -- poets -- politics trying to convince the world would be a little better place to live. When power early in his -- towards agrarian -- -- arrogance. Poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas but managed to this. Poetry reminds him. Of the richness and diversity of its existence. -- power corrupts. Poetry glimpses. For -- establishes. The basic human truth. Which -- senator as the touchstone. Of our judgment. Together let us explore the stars. Conquer the deserts. Eradicate disease. Tap the ocean depths. Those who came before us -- -- certain that this country. With the role. This country -- the first waves of industrial revolution. The first waves of modern invention. The first waves of nuclear power. And this generation does not intend to foundered in the back -- for the coming -- of space. We need to be part of it. We set sail on this new C because there is to be heard news knowledge -- gains and new rights to be one. And they must be one can use -- -- progress. All people. But rise say the -- Why choose this -- our goal. We choose to go to the moment of this decade and -- do the other things not because they are easy. But because they are hard. Because that goal -- to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. Because that challenges one -- we are willing to accept. One we are unwilling to postpone. And one which we intend to win. The goal. Is a bit -- a peaceful world is our guy. For the president and our visions of the future.

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