President John F. Kennedy’s Rice Stadium Moon Speech

Paragraphs that resonate most strongly with the audience are indicated by applause and the length/loudness of the applause (numbered as the paragraphs are set up given to us in the handout):

  • Paragraph 9: after he says “…this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them.”
  • Paragraph 11: after he says “…no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.”
  • Paragraph 15: “But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this a our goal?….Why does Rice play Texas?”
    • Laughs in addition to claps
  • Paragraph 16: “We choose to go to the moon… one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
    • Louder clapping than before 
  • Paragraph 19: “…far more sophisticated and supplied far more knowledge to the people of the world than those of the Soviet Union.”
  • Paragraph 22: “We have had our failures, but so have others, even if they do not admit to them. And they may be less public.”
  • Paragraph 25: “What was once the furthest outpost on the old frontier of the West will be the furthest outpost on the new frontier of science and space.”
  • Paragraph 26: “…less than we pay for cigarettes and cigars every year.”
  • Paragraph 27:
    • “…almost as hot as it is here today…” 
      • Laughing 
    • “… and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out– then we must be bold.” 
      • Loud clapping
    • This paragraph seems to resonate most strongly with the audience because they both laugh and then clap for longer and it is louder than before 
    • I think this is so because he describes how impressive it would be to be the first ones to put a man on the moon– and people love this idea 
  • Paragraph 30: “I am delighted…United States of America.”
  • Paragraph 32: “Well, space is there… greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”
    • Last paragraph: standing ovation and loud clapping for the close
President John F. Kennedy’s Rice Stadium Moon Speech

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