John F. Kennedy was a notable President of the United States. He was elected President while he was a Senator in the 1960 election.[1]

He was the last youthful and attractive presidential candidate the Democratic Party had prior to Matthew Santos in 2006.[2]

Kennedy had a child who died while he was in office, and he did not abdicate authority, a fact pointed out by Josh Lyman during the Zoey Bartlet kidnapping crisis.[3]

In 1961, President Kennedy called up the National Guard to deal with a crisis.[4]

At the Santos Inauguration, the two Presidents muse on the very high bar JFK set for Presidential speeches on that occasion.

Various items and places were named in his honor, including:


John F. Kennedy is the only Roman Catholic to be President in the real world (Josiah Bartlet and Matthew Santos are both Catholics), and he was the last President to be tragically assassinated in 1963. This event has never been referenced in the series.

  1. "No senator has won the Presidency since 1960. There is a reason for that." from Message of the Week
  2. "They haven't had anyone like him to vote for since Kennedy." from Running Mates
  3. "Lincoln and Kennedy had children who died. They didn't take a sabbatical." from 7A WF 83429
  4. "Was Eisenhower wrong in '57? Kennedy in '61?" from Bartlet for America
  5. "This battle group is made up of the aircraft carrier, John F. Kennedy, which carries a crew of 5,000 men." from The State Dinner
  6. "I have two tickets to the Beijing Opera this evening at the Kennedy Center." from Enemies
  7. "Before we recognize tonight's Kennedy Center Board, I'd like to take a moment." from Mr. Frost
  8. "Let's put him behind the Kennedy desk." from 18th and Potomac
  9. "Delta Airlines Flight 175 to Kennedy International now boarding..." from In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Part II)
  10. "'Cause 20 years ago 75% of the people who graduated from the Kennedy School of Government took jobs in public service." from The Black Vera Wang
  11. "I thought you might still be mad about last year at the Kennedy School Forum." from Disaster Relief
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