Carl Snyder on John F. Kennedy
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University of Miami Chemistry Dept. professor Carl H. Snyder recalls the post-World War II era, when people felt that they could enjoy the fruits of victory, relax, and learn to play golf. He remembers the excitement Americans felt when Kennedy gave his pro-space exploration speech to Congress ("I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon:). He asks the students in the audience if they could imagine such excitement being provoked by 2002’s president and whether they think they are better than the students of the 1960s; he expresses his own belief that they are. He refers to University of Miami president Donna Shalala’s speech about the Peace Corps and asks whether anyone is saying, "John F. Kennedy, we need you today."