Anniversary of JFK's Inauguration

Fifty years ago this week, Kennedy gave his historic inaugural address—and soon after blundered into the Bay of Pigs. Newsweek's Evan Thomas on how Obama can avoid a similar fate in Afghanistan.

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Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office at Capitol Hill in Washington.

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President-elect John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the motorcade during his inauguration on January 20, 1961.

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Crowds gather at the inauguration.

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Spectators huddled in the cold at the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

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Sen. Kennedy with his bride Jacqueline in their wedding attire.

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Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and brother Ted Kennedy confer during a campaign stop in West Virginia, May 10, 1960.

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Three of the Kennedy brothers, John, Robert and Ted in their teens, stand together at their family compound in Hyannis Port.

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Robert, Edward and U.S. President John F. Kennedy pose together in August 1963, in Washington D.C.

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Jackie Kennedy escorts Caroline, and John Jr. down the Capitol steps after her husband's casket was placed in the rotunda on November 24, 1963.