How does JFK’s great challenge – ‘ask not’ – sound 50 years later?


On Wednesday, Chris joined NPR’s Tom Ashbrook to discuss the famous address.

It’s a big week for presidential speech anniversaries.  On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, we looked back to Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address warning on the “military industrial complex”.

Today, we listen back to John F. Kennedy’s “Ask Not” speech.  (See a video of the JFK inaugural address.)  It was his presidential inaugural.  On a bright, cold day, fifty years ago tomorrow – January 20, 1961.  ”Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

This hour On Point:  David Brooks, Chris Matthews and more on how JFK’s great challenge – “ask not” – sounds now, fifty years on.

Listen to Chris’ appearance on NPR’s On Point.

How does JFK's great challenge – 'ask not' – sound 50 years later?