Ike's Warning and JFK's Summons

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(National Archive/Newsmakers)

This month we mark the 50th anniversary of two landmark addresses. The first, Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address, on Jan. 17, 1961, drew relatively little attention at the time but gathered prophetic force over the years. Three days later, John F. Kennedy's inaugural address hit the nation like an energy bolt, galvanizing a generation. A half century later, the speeches remain relevant.

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