On January 20, historians, scholars, politicians, and ordinary American citizens will remember the cold winter afternoon 50 years earlier in Washington, D.C. when John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President in United States history. He ushered in a new era with a stirring inaugural speech in which he told the nation, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Informing people it was necessary to stand up to the“common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself,” he said, “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”
To mark the 50th anniversary of this milestone in American history, Comcast and the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Presidential Library and Museum have partnered in the launch of the first video-on-demand destination featuring one of the largest public offerings of JFK content outside of the JFK Library. This offering, exclusively available On Demand, will be available starting Friday, January 14 and includes famous speeches, Presidential debates, newsreels, campaign commercials, documentaries and films. Find it On Demand in the JFK 50 Years folder under the Top Picks.
Comcast’s JFK 50 Years On Demand offering is available for free to Comcast digital video customers through February 25 and includes:
Fourteen of President Kennedy’s most famous speeches such as: Inaugural Address of President Kennedy – January 20, 1961 President Kennedy’s Address at Independence Hall – July 4, 1962 President Kennedy’s Remarks in the Rudolph Wilde Platz, West Berlin – June 26, 1963 President Kennedy’s Radio and Television Address on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty – July 26, 1963 Universal newsreels that include: JFK Tosses Hat into Ring – January 2, 1960 Press Conference: President Kennedy announces establishment of the Peace Corps – March 1, 1960 March on Washington – August 28, 1963 Twelve films and documentaries like: The Election of John F. Kennedy Eyewitness: Kennedy Up Close Profiles In Courage Years of Lightning, Day of Drums A Tour of the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy Four time Academy Award (R) Winner Charles Guggenheim’s “John F. Kennedy 1917-1963” All four Presidential Debates between Senator John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon from 1960 Ten presidential campaign commercials.
“Our partnership with Comcast presents a unique opportunity to extend this far-reaching legacy of the Kennedy Presidency to new generations and to millions of homes throughout the United States,” said Tom Putnam, Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
“For the first time, millions of our customers, along with a new generation of Americans, will be able to relive – and in some cases experience for the first time – President Kennedy’s legacy of service and the historic moments of his presidency from the comfort of their homes,” said Marcien Jenckes, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Video and Entertainment Services for Comcast. “We are thrilled to offer this content On Demand and are proud to partner with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation to help further President Kennedy’s message of service.”