John F. Kennedy and the tricky job of getting a political speech just right.

The Shift From Campaign Speech to Presidential Speech Can Be Tricky. In 1962, Kennedy Didn’t Get It Quite Right.

The Shift From Campaign Speech to Presidential Speech Can Be Tricky. In 1962, Kennedy Didn’t Get It Quite Right.

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
April 20 2017 10:24 AM

A Recipe for a Presidential Speech

On June 11, 1962, President Kennedy made a speech he thought would sway his audience at Yale.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Each installment revisits memorable moments from America’s presidential carnival. This week, the occasion in June 1962 when President John F. Kennedy made a miscalculation.

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