John F. Kennedy’s final days portray a person who was eager for excitement. Maybe this was because his two siblings, Kathleen and Joe, had died while still young and he had faced death as a youth during the Second World War. Somehow, the president appeared conscious that his time on earth was limited.
JFK could be humorous about his preferred ways of dying, and he categorically stated that he would prefer dying in war or through poisoning. He also talked about how short his life was, and in one instance he guessed that he would die at the age of 45. He insisted that he had to secure a place in American history books, thus seized every opportunity to live his life to the fullest.
This ambitious attribute turned out to be a blessing to the nation. For instance, his brainchild the Atmospheric Test Ban Treaty was approved by the Senate in September 1963. The treaty was to block any other detonation of nuclear devices in the atmosphere by both the United States and the Soviet Union. Ted Sorensen once stated that this agreement gave JFK the greatest satisfaction. Indeed, the treaty proved beneficial because it helped conserve the environment and reduced tensions between the two nations.
Several other achievements during the last moments of his presidency deserve mention yet were often overlooked. JFK offered the Soviet an olive branch, after standing against the country’s aggression in Cuba. He additionally authorized the sale of wheat to the Soviet to supplement their poor harvest. In the same month, the final report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women was issued while his civil rights bill was debated in Congress.
Moreover, Kennedy assured the country that it would achieve the dream of landing on the moon no matter the challenges. He addressed his fellow citizens at the San Antonio Aerospace Medical Health Center, where he urged them to keep their eyes on the skies. This was on November 21, 1963, approximately twenty-four hours before he was assassinated.