News story

PM statement on eve of 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's death

The PM pays tribute to the energy, optimism and hope that John F Kennedy defined and how the legacy from his presidency is still felt.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


On the eve of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, the Prime Minister said:

Fifty years ago John F Kennedy lost his life – and the world lost an inspiration. Wherever you go in the world today, the three letters – JFK - are instantly recognisable. They summon up the very best of politics: energy, optimism, hope – the belief that a nation united can achieve almost anything.

It was these ideals which came to define the Kennedy Presidency. He demanded that his country rise to the challenges of its time – and the people responded in kind. Although, his Presidency was tragically cut short, its legacy was felt long after. Civil rights, a man on the moon: both achieved after his death – but only possible because of the leadership shown during his life.

Tomorrow will be a day to remember with gratitude what President Kennedy’s life still teaches us – and our thoughts are with the American people.

Published 21 November 2013