The Early Years: Discovering His
Public Voice, 1945-1952
In 1946, during his first congressional race, Kennedy attended a rally along with other candidates running for the state legislature. The chairman introduced one speaker after another and ended each introduction with the statement that here was a "young fellow who came up the hard way."
Finally, Kennedy's turn came. He was the last to be called He stood up, and looked at the crowd and said with a smile: "I seem to be the only person here tonight who didn't come up the hard way."
The crowd roared its approval.
O'Donnell and Powers, Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye
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Publication information: Book title: Becoming JFK:A Profile in Communication. Contributors: Vito N. Silvestri - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 1.
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