Wednesday, September 25, 2013

John F. Kennedy: Negotiation Quote

John F. Kennedy: 35th President of the United States And War Hero
  • "We cannot negotiate with those who say, "What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable."
This quote is from The Berlin Crisis July 25, 1961during the Cold War. What is the true shame is we can now validly use the same words when talking about the republican controlled congress of the United States of America.

 John Fitzgerald Kennedy quotes (American 35th US President (1961-63), 1917-1963) 
  • "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."
  • "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."
  • "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 - War Hero
On August 2, 1943, Kennedy's boat, PT-109, along with PT-162 and PT-169, were performing nighttime patrols near New Georgia in the Solomon Islands,  when PT-109 was rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri.  Kennedy gathered his surviving crew members together in the water around the wreckage, to vote on whether to "fight or surrender". Kennedy stated, "There's nothing in the book about a situation like this. A lot of you men have families and some of you have children. What do you want to do? I have nothing to lose." Shunning surrender, the men swam towards a small island. Kennedy, despite re-injury to his back in the collision, towed a badly burned crewman through the water with a life jacket strap clenched between his teeth. He towed the wounded man to the island, and later to a second island, from where his crew was subsequently rescued.  For these actions, Kennedy received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal with the following citation: Read more -Wikipedia