Thursday, December 8, 2011


December 8, 2011


The fourth thing JFK could teach President Barack Obama, according to Chris Matthews, is "to believe."

Chris says Mr. Obama would do well to continue quoting JFK.  

 He recalls the President recently referred to JFK's address at American University in June 1963 when he said:

"Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable & we believe they can do it again."

Chris Matthews believes this hopeful attitude could work well today "for the simple reason that we need it to."

He believes that American leaders...

 "can still tap into something powerful--the astonishing optimism...of the American people."*

*Matthews says in a recent poll 57% of Americans believe we, as a nation, can still find ways to solve our problems.

                      Chris Matthews
         Photo by chetlyzarko (2007)

December 8, 1962


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy sent a message of congratulations today to President Julius K. Nyerere on the establishment of the Republic of Tanganyika.*

                 Embassy of Tanzania
                      1232 22nd St. NW
                      Washington, D.C.
                          Sept 27, 1911
                 Photo by John White

*Tanzania was formed in 1964 by the union of Tanganyika & Zanzibar

December 8, 1950


Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The former mayor of the city of Boston, John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, left an estate of $76,000 according to his will filed in Suffolk probate court today.

The Fitzgerald estate is to be divided between his widow, Mary Fitzgerald, and sons John Jr. and Tom.

The late mayor's daughter, Rose Kennedy, is the executrix.

Mrs. Kennedy, however, is to be left "no part of the estate" for reasons "best known" to John F. Fitzgerald.*


"The Kennedys: A Chronological History" by Harvey Rachlin, World Almanac, 1986.

December 8, 1941


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress today following the Japanese attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands.

               FDR's Address to Congress
                       December 8, 1941

FDR concluded his address by saying...

"No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

With confidence in our armed forces- with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God."*

The Congress overwhelmingly approved the war declaration.

Let's remember Pearl Harbor
As we go to meet the foe
Let's remember Pearl Harbor
As we did the Alamo

We will always remember
How they died for liberty
Let's remember Pearl Harbor
And go on to victory.

Lyrics by Don Reid and Sammy Kaye (1941)