Yes, JFK and Nixon were higher caliber than the vast majority of modern day politicians, for the reason stated in bold in huisache's quote.
After active duty in the Naval Reserve
during World War II, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946
. His work on the Alger Hiss case
established his reputation as a leading anti-Communist, which elevated him to national prominence, and in 1950
, he was elected to the Senate. Nixon was the running mate of Dwight D. Eisenhower
, the Republican Party's presidential nominee in the 1952 election
, and served for eight years as the vice president.
In 1940, Kennedy attempted to enter the army's Officer Candidate School
. Despite months of training, he was medically disqualified due to his chronic lower back problems. On September 24, 1941, Kennedy, with the help of the director of the Office of Naval Intelligence
(ONI) and the former naval attaché
to Joseph Kennedy, Alan Kirk, joined the United States Naval Reserve
. He was commissioned an ensign
on October 26, 1941,
and joined the staff of the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C.
His first command was PT-101
from December 7, 1942, until February 23, 1943:
It was a patrol torpedo (PT) boat
used for training while Kennedy was an instructor at Melville.
He then led three Huckins PT boats—PT-98
, and PT-101
, which were being relocated from MTBRON 4 in Melville, Rhode Island, back to Jacksonville, Florida, and the new MTBRON 14 (formed February 17, 1943). During the trip south, he was hospitalized briefly in Jacksonville after diving into the cold water to unfoul a propeller. Thereafter, Kennedy was assigned duty in Panama
and later in the Pacific theater
, where he eventually commanded two more PT boats.
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