NO. 1 PRESIDENT VS. MEDIA – HOW JFK WON OVER THE MEDIA ©

Photography by Pete Linforth

Featured Photograph by Pete Linforth

(Here at Precocious Life we hope that you will read the entire speech for it stands among his greatest but if not here is our “Precocious Cliff Note” version, a 2-minute read)

Visceral combativeness between the Press and the President has become commonplace in our world today to the point that it seems impossible for a Chief Executive to achieve anything significant (except for issues like relief for the Hurricane Harvey victims). So, we here at Precocious Life couldn’t help but ask ourselves;

Is this really necessary? Could this perhaps have been avoided?

Short Answer –  No and Yes

Which President has had the best rapport with the press? This one isn’t even a close call, it’s JFK. Not only did he win the Election because of the first Presidential televised debate but he understood the power of the media.

After all, his brother in law, Peter Lawford was a Hollywood Movie Star and in his earlier days he spent much time there as a single Bachelor rubbing elbows and it never ended.

President John F. Kennedy sails with his brother-in-law, Peter Lawford (left), aboard the United States Coast Guard yacht "Manitou" off the coast of Johns Island, Maine. - August 12, 1962
President John F. Kennedy sails with his brother-in-law, Peter Lawford (left), aboard the United States Coast Guard yacht “Manitou” off the coast of Johns Island, Maine. – August 12, 1962

So, he understood perhaps better than any other President before him the critical necessity of getting the media endeared to him and on his agenda. He had none of the issues with the media that Presidents do today but neither has any other President approached them the way he did.

But what we want to highlight here is the ingenuity and the incredibly intelligent way he went about this. Take a look at how he accomplished this right after being inaugurated as President.
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ASK YOURSELF – DO YOU LOVE THE TRUTH? ©

Photo by Alexandre Perotto 45492 CC0

Featured Photo by Alexandre Perotto

Today between the dimensions of grace & inspirations we find a passage that we want to share with you.

Portrait of William Blake by Thomas Phillips
Portrait of William Blake by Thomas Phillips

William Blake – one of the greatest Romantic Poets of all time. The College Professors whom I had in college were in earnestly deep interest and fascination about this man and they state that Blake, who at the age of eight was totally fluent in six different languages and who at the age of five could write in one and speak in another at the same time. His Artistry even at the age of 10 was comparable to the likes of even Michael Angelo. Simply stunning!

But the thing that stands out to us that we want to share with you is a saying that he wrote once that has remained in the sacred recesses of my mind since College and I want to propose this concept to you.
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THE MEDAL OF HONOR – THE JANITOR – THE HERO, A TRUE STORY ©

Medal of Honor

You cannot Judge a Book By its Cover – Whew! That’s an Understatement

We ran across this true story a few months ago and it moved us ever so deeply that we just had to share it. This is a true story of how an amazing WWII war hero who, after the war continued on with his life and both his heroism and this incredible story almost disappeared and faded into obscurity forever – well, almost.

And had it not been for the fact that a high ranking military officer happened across just one page this amazing chronicle would have never have seen the light of day (or print) and because of this one single reference in only one page this episode was rescued and preserved this event for all time. So, thank you Colonel Deputy Commandant James Moschgat for allowing us to share this inspiring story (see the Colonel’s Bio at the end of this Article)

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WHO IS THE YOUNGEST AMERICAN PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY (Hint: It’s not John F. Kennedy) © 

White House

Feature Photo “White House” by Alexey Topolyanskiy

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Here at Precocious Life We Love History and if we can find a way to give you a little inspiration against a Historical backdrop we’re not going to pass up the chance, so here goes;

I was reading something so inspiring the other night that I just had to share this with all of you so I decided to write about it in a storyline.

THIS IS THE GENESIS OF THIS STORY

I was in 9th Grade History Class and the teacher asked a history quiz question; “Class who was our youngest US President?”

This was easy, right? It’s John F. Kennedy, everyone knows that!

No, she said, incorrect. Anyone else have a guess? Well the guessing went wild, someone said it was Nixon, then Ulysses S. Grant. Someone even guessed Thomas Jefferson and then someone who had obviously never even opened the History text said “It’s William Henry Harrison”. My goodness! President Harrison was 68 years old before he assumed Office.

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