As you probably know, John F Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Kennedy said some notable things. One of my favorites was “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…” He delivered this speech at Rice University, September 12, 1962. And we did go to the moon. Or, as some would say, we at least did a great job of faking it in a Hollywood studio.
Perhaps his most famous line, spoken at his inauguration, 20 January, 1961, is “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It really is a great inaugural speech; you should give it a listen if you haven’t done so in a while.
Thinking about that line, I wondered how some people in current day politics might fashion it if given a chance. Here’s a few of my interpretations.
“Ask not what people can do for their country, but what their country can do for the people.”
President Obama take two
“I heard the country wasn’t doing things for the people the same way you did, I think it was Friday on the news. Let me be clear, if the country isn’t doing things for the people, someone will be held accountable. If you like your country, you can keep your country.”
“Why would anyone want to do something for their country? The country should be doing something for you, right? That’s a big f^!#ing deal!”
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you should rightfully expect your country will do for you”
“Ask not what you should do for your country, but what the Republicans are preventing the country from doing for you”
George W. Bush
“Don’t ask what your country can do for you, but what are you doing for your country? Because if you’re doing more for your country, see, than your country does for the country, well, then, you’ll be doing more for the country than the country’s doing, and then, the country, well, you’ll just be doing more, I think. Which is good. God Bless America”
“Ask not what pain your country feels for you, but what pain I feel for you”
“Ask not what your country’s doing for you, but what you’re doing to your country.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney
“The president has indicated the country should be doing something for the people. I’m not sure when he said it; I’ll have to check on that. But the country is doing things for the people. People are getting jobs. If someone is saying the country is not doing anything for the people, that’s wrong. I think Fox News is saying the country is not doing anything for the people. Fox News probably doesn’t want the country to do anything for the people, but they’re saying it anyway. I’m not taking any more questions about what the country’s doing or not doing for the people.”
“I believe the country was supposed to be doing things for the people on the 1st. I wasn’t aware the country wouldn’t be prepared to do things for the people. Apparently there are glitches. We are working on getting the country ready to do some things for the people. We think that the country will be ready to do some things for some of the people, at some time in the future.”