By Ed Hanratty and Jaime Reap

Sixty years ago this Inauguration Day, President Kennedy entered eternity with a simple query to a new generation inspired by American exceptionalism and her new role as the world’s preeminent superpower in the aftermath of the Second World War. That singular sentence is likely the most oft-repeated line in the history of Inaugural Addresses, and now rests in our oratory pantheon along the lines of “The only thing we have to fear”, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” and “A house divided against itself”.

“And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country…










Ed Hanratty

Freelance Journalist, Guest Writer at HuffPost, Middle-aged, music-loving, baseball-watching, beer-guzzling progressive.

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