American Camelot's Golden Anniversary
How embarrassing! It never occurred to me, the significance of January 20, 2011. It was pointed out to me that it was a significant date and I said, “Why?” Do you know?
It’s the fiftieth anniversary of the inauguration of our 35th President and his now famous speech. Various scholars have commented that it is perhaps the best of all the inaugural speeches ever given. It lasted a bit shy of fourteen minutes. That’s just right, because studies have shown that the average attention span of adult Americans ranges from seven to twenty minutes, depending on whether or not it’s considered “sustained attention.”
At a time in our country’s history and culture, when many tend to invest a lot of emotional energy in a morbid fascination of how John F. Kennedy died and who is responsible, what better time to pause and reflect on the man and his accomplishments. Perhaps as much as any President, he accomplished significant results in achieving his campaign promises. His speech re-iterated several of those. (A complete copy of the speech is available here.)
Sourcebooks Media Fusion, publishers of a 2006 book, Let Every Nation Know (with Audio CD) has announced a promotion of the book around the golden anniversary of the inaugural speech. In addition to the book and CD, an e-book is now available. Readers of this site can expect a review here soon.