John F Kennedy was born on May 1917 and was 43 years old when he became the 35th President of United States in 1960. President Kennedy was the youngest and the first Roman Catholic to hold that office.
The second of nine children, Kennedy was reared in a family that demanded intense physical and intellectual competition among the siblings—the family’s touch football games at their Hyannis Port retreat later became legendary—and was schooled in the religious teachings of the Roman Catholic church and the political precepts of the Democratic Party.
In the fall of 1941, President Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy and two years later was sent to the South Pacific. By the time he was discharged in 1945, his older brother, Joe, who their father had expected would be the first Kennedy to run for office, had been killed in the war, and the family’s political standard passed to John, who had planned to pursue an academic or journalistic career.
President Kennedy served three terms in the House of Representatives (1947–53) as a bread-and-butter liberal. He advocated better working conditions, more public housing, higher wages, lower prices, cheaper rents, and more Social Security for the aged. In foreign policy he was an early supporter of Cold War policies. He backed the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan but was sharply critical of the Truman administration’s record in Asia.
He accused the State Department of trying to force Chiang Kai-shek into a coalition with Mao Zedong. “What our young men had saved,” he told the House on January 25, 1949, “our diplomats and our President have frittered away.
“They were my friends, my life in and out of politics, Gerard F Doherty’s autobiography takes us into the ‘not so much visited by lanes” of President Kennedy’s life.
The author of book, “They were my friends, my life in and out of politics’, served as the trusted political advisor to President Kennedy, senator Ted Kennedy and various others who held the office, hence the book gives a true insight into the life of president Kennedy.
Kennedy was a strong advocate of social welfare and civil rights legislation in the Senate. Kennedy also sponsored bills for providing Federal financial aid to education, liberalizing United States immigration laws and a measure that required full disclosure of all employee pension and welfare funds.
In March 1960, Henry Brandon contacted Marion Leiter who arranged for Ian Fleming to have dinner with Kennedy. He was an immensely popular president, at home and abroad.
At times he seemed to be everywhere at once, encouraging better physical fitness, improving the morale of government workers, bringing brilliant advisers to the White House, and beautifying Washington, D.C. His wife joined him as an advocate for American culture.
For further true accounts of the life of the President John Kennedy, one should definitely have look at Doherty’s book “They were my friends, my life in and out of politics” because no one else but a trusted friend and advisor can tell a tale true tale.