John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate prior to becoming president.
John F. Kennedy was elected as a rather young fellow. He was well-dressed, had a sense of style with his tailor-made suits and his eye-catching Ray Bans. He carried himself with confidence, and was a notorious womaniser you couldn’t help but forgive, because he was also pretty damn charming on top of being a bit of a sleazebag. JFK was the James Bond of the White House. From Washington, with (a little too much) love.
While he came from a wealthy family, Kennedy was a bit of an ‘underdog’ in many ways. For instance, being an Irish Catholic in America during the 1950s and 1960s when America still wasn’t a very welcoming place for people from his background to enter the political arena, wealthy or not.
But he was persistent, charismatic… and a war hero to boot, having served in the Navy, narrowly avoiding death, having his ship sunk and saving a wounded soldier from certain death while Kennedy himself was seriously injured… his WWII record certainly didn’t harm the public perception of JFK one bit, he was a certified badass.
Then there was his personal life. Rocky, wild and full of beautiful women. His wife, Jackie Kennedy, was an striking woman. Again, very eye-catching, and an absolute style and fashion icon. Being married to Jackie boosted JFK’s status enormously, and helped him to immortalize himself to the public. The couple exuded glamour, they were very Hollywood as far as presidential couples go.
Meanwhile, JFK was also having affairs with some of the most beautiful women on earth while married to poor ol’ Jackie, who certainly didn’t deserve it. Kennedy wasn’t exactly discreet about Marilyn Monroe being his main side-piece. So on top of living a life that was by all accounts charmed, he also slept with what was at the time considered the most beautiful woman in the world.
As far as men go, John F. Kennedy was the closest any American leader ever got to being James Bond, and as a President, he had something even better than a license to kill… he had a license to do whatever the hell he pleased. Which is pretty much what he did, until his dying day.