Category: Presidential speeches

Happy Presidents’ Day!

If you’re like most in our country, then you’re hunkering down and trying to stay warm during our current deep freeze.

While doing so, take a few minutes to honor the holiday by reading (or listening to) a few presidential speeches.

This post isn’t meant to deify the presidents who have served our nation, but rather, to remind ourselves of their policies during their presidential terms–and how they expressed those policies through their speeches.¬† We can appreciate George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address, while also remembering that he was a not-reluctant slave owner. We can appreciate¬† Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, while also remembering his “evolution” regarding slavery, seen here in his 1854 Peoria Speech. Continue reading

Going Back to the Speech–and Seizing the Moment

One of the commercials featured during the Super Bowl yesterday was one produced by Carnival Cruise Line, beckoning people to “come back to the sea” (and of course, to take a Carnival cruise ship to do so) by using the voice of former President John F. Kennedy as a sort of unseen pitch man.

Hearing his voice used in the commercial made me curious about the origins of the excerpt.

So let’s go back to the speech:¬† The excerpt used in the commercial are from Kennedy’s remarks for a dinner hosted by the Australian Ambassador to honor the crews participating in the 1962 America’s Cup Race.

Listen to the audio below or read the speech.

The takeaway before you breakaway: Seemingly small or unremarkable events can serve as the stage for timeless stories and speeches. Seize the moment!