According to the Collins English Dictionary (Collins, Glasgow. 1986), an icon is, “ a symbol or analogous to the thing it represents”. President John F. Kennedy, in my opinion, is a fitting topic for your blog. Here in the U.K., your President is thought of, not only as your Head of State, but someone who upholds your values of liberty and freedom.
As chlucie points out in their blog of 14th May 2016, John Kennedy had an influential family behind his bid to become president. When his father, Joseph was the U.S.’s ambassador to Britain between 1938 and 1940, the Kennedy family certainly made a favourable impression on the British public, and were, unusually, kept very much in the public eye. I do wonder though, does it have any relevance to President Kennedy’s iconic status, that his family were ‘sane’?
I have to agree that his wife, Jackie, probably contributed to some of the hype and popularity that followed him. Comparisons can be made here I think, with our own Diana, Princess of Wales, who like Jackie, was a popular and fashionable woman around the world.
Nobody is perfect, and Kennedy certainly had a wandering eye. Pointing out that he was an imperfect man makes him seem more human, and therefore, more likeable.
Mentioning some of the songs and films that have been made about him is definitely evidence to his popularity and importance. Maybe even more could have been made of this, as the lists of programmes and films made about him is seemingly endless.
The 50th anniversary of his death saw a week of all the main British television channels showing tribute programmes, dramas and documentaries about this young man who was taken from his nation and family at a tragically young age, and in such tragic circumstances. Only a true American Icon could have instigated this from a British audience.
BBC at [http://www.co.uk/history/people/john-f-kennedy-9362930] Accessed 22/02/2017
Phillip Whitehead. The Independent. The Independent Digital News and Media, London. 10/10/ References 92. At [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment]. Accessed 22/02/2017.
Whitehouse.gov at [http://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/johnfkennedy]. Accessed 22/02/2017.