John F Kennedy
“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
This speech was delivered at Rice University in front of a large audience in 1962 and it is difficult to imagine that men really would have walked on the moon by the end of the 60′s if it weren’t for inspirational rhetoric such as this, as well as a desire to honour his tragic death.
Amazing that a man with a speech impediment, before he learned how to get over stage fright he once famously froze whilst giving a speech in parliament in his earlier years, would go on to inspire a generation in the midst of its darkest hour. To hear his speeches during World War II is to hear a man who clearly believes that he was born for this very specific moment in history.
Still wielding his considerable abilities to this day with lucrative appearances, Clinton was always able to project his considerable charisma in all of his performances.
Martin Luther King
If you haven’t seen his last speech, given the day before he was killed, then make sure you do. It will give you goosebumps. It is made all the more powerful and poignant by references to an early death, inevitably leading to speculation that he had some kind of a premonition.
His ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ in 1963 has long been seen as a watershed moment in the civil rights movement.
Sadly we will never be able to witness footage of the great man but his Gettysburg Address is possibly the most famous speech in history. Although only 2 minutes long, segments of it are still being quoted.
Despite this the exact wording and location of the speech are disputed. The five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address differ in a number of details and also differ from contemporary newspaper reprints of the speech.