Why Was JFK so Popular?

Why Was JFK so Popular?

Why Was JFK so Popular?

Most observers believe that John F. Kennedy's popularity was due to his personal charisma and the fact he captured the public's admiration as a figure of youth, strength and optimism about the future rather than for his concrete actions as president. Despite a mixed record in both his presidential and personal lives, Kennedy continues to be voted the most popular post-World War II president in national polls.

While he demonstrated his skill as a world leader in facing down Russia during the Cuban Missile Crisis, his presidency is also credited with the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. His presidency ushered in a new era of national politics. He was the first celebrity president.