I think some of those who attended are parents of the folks who voted for Obama.
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.
"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?
I watched his motorcade drive by while standing on North Temple Street. I
don't think I will ever forget it.
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.
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.
If not for Marilyn being in SLC filming a movie at that time, Utah might have
never seen Kennedy!
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?
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.
Kennedy's next-but-one Democratic successor would have chided him for his
"inordinate fear of communism."
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.
One of the most overrated Presidents. His success's were based on his
failures, Cuban missle crisis/Bay of Pigs comes to mind first.
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.
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".
So long ago and so far away.
"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.
@agkcrbsMy sentiments EXACTLY!!
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.