Kennedy inspired some of the presidents who followed him. One reason Jerry Ford filled his cabinet with so many young congressmen may have been a desire to create the Republican version of the best and the brightest.
President Reagan came the closest to being Kennedy. He cut taxes, confronted the commies and oh, by the way, restored some glamour to the White House.
Kennedy smiled when Reagan walked out of Reykjavik, and later cheered when Reagan said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
President Obama is likeable, but I wish he had studied Kennedy more and Saul Alinsky less.
Trying to turn Michelle into Jackie will not make the Obama White House Camelot. President Obama will have to embrace Kennedy's ideals.
President Obama is found of quoting Kennedy's "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."
But Obama must also put it in the context of "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
The threat today is not too many nuclear arms in the Soviet Union; it is too many Treasury bonds in China.
If America is to survive, it must get its financial house in order. We must turn away from the Great Society.
Ted Sorensen may not be around, but his words remain for President Obama to include in his next State of the Union address: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."