The President & The Poet

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the thirty-fifth President of the United States. His inaugural address is best remembered for a single line: “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

Robert Frost was the first poet to speak at the inauguration of a president, reciting from memory “The Gift Outright,” when the glare of the sun prevented him from reading “Dedication,” a poem he had written specially for the occasion.

Washington Post reported that Frost “stole the hearts of the Inaugural crowd,” somewhat as Kennedy had jokingly predicted.

Published by poetisatinta

I was born and live in rural North Wales (UK) and found poetry again after a lifetime, so grateful I did :)

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