50 years later does JFK's Tabernacle speech still resonate? (+photos)

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    how many times has Barack spoken at the Tabernacle? Been to Utah? Flown over Utah? The answer ..even to the last question is ZERO! JFK was a democrat but not a radical. Big difference. BIG BIG difference. The Democrats of the 1960's were more like moderate Republicans today. Another difference - people LOVED JFK. My mom was a life long Republican but she loved JFK and voted for him. JFK had the respect of the people - although far from perfect especially morally speaking - he was trusted by all Americans and they looked to him as their leader. Today we have a guy who ONLY backs "his" people while making fun of or demonizing all others. Obama is NOT respected and trusted by the vast majority of people in this country even those who get all his free stuff. The man has earned his reputation and that is a man of no honor.

  • Christmas Carole LAS CRUCES, NM
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    My sentiments EXACTLY!!

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    "So why has Obama never been invited to speak? Probably a foolish question, Today's Utah is very different in a bad way than what it was in 1960"

    It was bad enough that Harry Reid was invited to speak at BYU. Having another of the current crop of America Haters come within a hundred miles of Utah would be more than I could bear.

    Today's Utah *is* very different, since fifty years have passed. But whether it is "in a bad way" depends on your point of view. For example, in spite of the job woes in the rest of the country, I have read that Utah's situation has remained about the same as when the problems started, coincidentally, when the one who wishes to tear down America took office. I'd say that is a pretty good indicator that Utah isn't doing too badly in some respects. Although maintaining status quo is not usually considered an accomplishment, when considering how hard Obama is working to ruin America "by its own hands" (from Muslim Brotherhood statement of goals), which includes ruining the job markets and systems, status quo is a significant accomplishment.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    So long ago and so far away.

  • agkcrbs Holladay, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    Self-reliance? Praise of faith communities? Non-isolation? Nation-building? Making the world safe for America? This Kennedy guy reads strikingly like the one Democrats later dubbed the "worst president in history".

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    I hear that some of JFK's advisors were miffed that he quote3d Brigham Young at the end of the talk. Well, when in Rome -- and it got a big hand.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:00 p.m.

    One of the most overrated Presidents. His success's were based on his failures, Cuban missle crisis/Bay of Pigs comes to mind first.

  • jparry Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    One of my earliest memories is seeing Pres. Kennedy's motorcade on the road from the airport to downtown (I was only 2). My parents, die-hard republicans at the time, still took 4 small children up to see the President of the United States. I'd like to see that kind of respect for the office now, and republicans have a right to expect that kind of respect from me.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    Kennedy's next-but-one Democratic successor would have chided him for his "inordinate fear of communism."

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    If John Kennedy had served two terms as president, and if Robert Kennedy had served two terms as president, which was kind of the plan, the address JFK gave in Salt Lake City today in history might have been the second big cornerstone of The Kennedy Doctrine.

    As it is, it one of the better speeches the president gave the last year of his life. It is sobering to study it from the plateau of hindsight. Some of it rings prophetic; some remains sound, some of it lead the USA headlong into the folly of Vietnam.

    This is worth the half hour it takes to hear it in the Kennedy Library Archive. It is startling because he speaks in paragraphs. My view is that Kennedy was the great presidential orator of my lifetime. Obama can give great speeches when he puts his mind to it and so could Reagan, but JFK had the presence and courage to go into the lion's den and make the case.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    To "Mike in Cedar City" you should ask the Utah Democrat party why they have never invited Obama to speak. Are the Utah Democrats so embarrased by Obama that they wouldn't invite him, or is Obama avoiding Utah becuase somebody might ask a hard question?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    If not for Marilyn being in SLC filming a movie at that time, Utah might have never seen Kennedy!

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    Mike in Cedar City: "So why has Obama never been invited to speak? Probably a foolish question, Today's Utah is very different in a bad way than what it was in 1960."

    I bet Utah hasn't changed as much as the Democratic Party, in the ensuing years. Far more LDS were active Democrats in 1960. Southeast Idaho was VERY Democrat. But that's before the party embraced abortion, gun control, etc.

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    How exciting that President Kennedy would take the time to stop over in Utah and speak in the Tabernacle on Temple Square! Utah, and in particular 'Mormons', were not the most popular people on the block. Although he may have had differing views than many of those in this state, he showed his respect for the L.D.S. people by being here.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    I watched his motorcade drive by while standing on North Temple Street. I don't think I will ever forget it.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    "The 35th president took office in the midst of the Cold War and nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. By 1963, thousands of U.S. troops were on the ground in Vietnam. He arrived in Utah a year removed from the Cuban missile crisis and construction of the Berlin Wall."


    And Obama thinks HE's got problems!?

    I was not quite 13 when he gave this speech and I remember being quite impressed. Partly because of being so impressed, I was **very** disappointed to learn later just how sleazy Pres. Kennedy actually was, particularly in terms of his serial philandering. I was even more disappointed to hear so many people accept such egregious character flaws in him and other presidents.

    My policy is that if someone's wife, the person to whom they **should** be the most loyal and faithful to, can't trust them, why should I?

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    So why has Obama never been invited to speak? Probably a foolish question, Today's Utah is very different in a bad way than what it was in 1960.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 25, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    I think some of those who attended are parents of the folks who voted for Obama.