after his inauguration, president John Fitzgerald Kennedy delivered his first presidential speech as follows:
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This much we pledge— and more.
To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help hem help themselves, for whatever period is required— not because the communist may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge— to convert our good words into good deeds— in a new alliance for progress— to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you— ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.