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Shortly after JFK's inaugural address, his Republican opponent Richard Nixon generously told Ted Sorenson (Kennedy's aide) that there were certain things in the address which he himself would like to have said.

"Do you mean the part about 'Ask not what your country can do for you'...?" Sorenson asked. "No," Nixon replied, "the part beginning 'I do solemnly swear'..."

["Do you realize the responsibility I carry?" Kennedy later remarked. "I'm the only person standing between Nixon and the White House!"]

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