JFK's Best Speech Ever: "Ask not what your country can do for you..." We've heard this so many times, we can finish JFK's words in our sleep. That speech, delivered on a brutally cold January day in 1961 where a blizzard threatened to shut down the entire affair, still goes down as the best inauguration speech, probably ever, certainly of the 20th century. January 27, 1961.
On January 20, 1961, walking arm in arm together, President John F. Kennedy and his wife, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on their way to the reviewing stand to watch the inauguration parade shortly after the young president's inauguration as the 35th President of the United States. In the background is their new home, The White House. At age 43, he was the youngest man to be elected president, and Jackie, at age 31, was the third youngest First Lady.