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In short, though John F. Kennedy's policies as President might not have been as successful or as open-handed as his public face implied, the view of his leadership and personality as charismatic above all else is a direct result of the crisis, distress, aspiration, and doctrine of deliverance.
The 1950s was one of the most—if not the most—paranoid decades of the Cold War. Backyard bomb shelters were for sale, and actually bought by many reasonable consumers who believed the advertising and the government warnings about imminent nuclear attacks from the Soviet Union. In addition, the oft-touted economic boom of the 1950s had also led to a period of inflation and increased privation, which led to a growing gap between classes (White House, 2009). Kennedy had many problems to tackle as President, and this is the main reason that he was able to achieve such charismatic status with the voting population. He promised a hard line against communism, and delivered even harder than promised on several occasions, going so far as to secretly wiretap hundreds of United States citizens who were suspected of being communists, including Martin Luther King, Jr. (Parekh, 2005). But the major crisis that catapulted him into the status of a truly charismatic leader didn't really occur until after his election.
The issue of the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union had been prevalent for more than a decade by the time Kennedy announced that he was running for President, but the issue of communist Cuba—seen as a threat of encroaching communism in the Western Hemisphere—was not a major component in the lection. This was due in part to the fact that Nixon and Kennedy's views on the subject appeared to be relatively similar (O'Brien, 2005). But when he took office, Kennedy learned that there was a CIA plot to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro, which Kennedy backed. The plan ended up being a disaster, which was part of the reason that Kennedy ended up with the lowest approval ratings of his presidency by 1962 (Spartacus). He needed something that would allow him to re-ascend to his…[continue]
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