Not until 2008 had a U.S. president ever carried so much extra-political cache. The man pictured above, whose name is on the side of roughly 5,600,623 high schools in the America, was a veritable celebrity, rubbing more than elbows with many of the ilk. Power may never look as good as it did then.
But despite the distractions, he got a tremendous amount done in his tragically short stint in the West Wing. To celebrate, below are our 17 favorite quotes from John F. Kennedy, perhaps the most famous American in history. Please enjoy. (Also: when you read these quotes, make sure you speak them aloud, in his incredible accent.)