“Did John F. Kennedy own a globe?” [Comic]

The great battlefield for the defense and expansion of freedom today is the whole southern half of the globe — Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.” Apparently John F. Kennedy said that to the US Congress in 1961. Leave it to an artist to poke fun at political oops. Check it out:


[via xkcd]

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  • Eric989

    @Peter: Well Rob may indeed be a bird. Rob=Robin maybe?

  • Peter

    @Eric989: Rob is not a penguin? ;-)
    (sorry Rob, ICNR)

  • philgman

    JFK made that speech in May 25, 1961, that would be considered late spring in the US. at that time of the year the Earth axis is 32% (summer solstice is 40%). this tilt would make it possible for Asia to be in ” southern half of the globe” relative to the US.

  • sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    I remember Pres. Kennedy.
    Tho I was a youngster at the time,
    my recollections of that period are ‘out of sync’,
    w/ the way he’s often portrayed today.
    Still, he was a *politician*,
    and while that might not be the same abomination then as it is today,
    it still contains the seed of condemnation that politics has come to deserve.
    I think that explains part of the problems that plague politicians.
    They often say something publicly,
    that they should have previously researched privately.
    We’re all guilty of that, to some degree.
    Fortunately for most of us,
    there are no cameras or reporters there waiting to record our every mistake.
    Now, if we could just get most them to admit that they’re *not* ‘perfect’.

    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  • Ashraf

    @Shava Nerad: “MIT Strategic Games Society” — as in Might and Magic? :-P
    @Eric989: >>and Rob(from down under).

  • Eric989

    The above picture really doesn’t do it justice. The southern half of the earth is basically all ocean except for South America, South Africa, a few penguins and Rob(from down under).

  • Shava Nerad

    Thirty-five years ago, a number of us at the MIT Strategic Games Society actually were eating fries and burgers and hacking on JFK’s remarks.

    Our postulation was that the hot parts of the world, you know, like the tropics, are south of Boston, and the northern Harvard educated prez thought of these places as poor tropical hells.

    This was a common White-Man’s-Burden excuse for why you needed to go colonize brown people in warm climates. Somehow the heat kept them poor and unable to care for themselves. (Disclaimer: A good deal of my family comes from the ‘Stans and south Asia, so I may be a bit rough on the guy — but everyone else in the conversation was northern European entirely! We were just pragmatic wargamers who read a lot of military history; you run into a lot of this sort of thing…).

    Anyway, as south of the Hub of the Universe (as every Bostonian knows the place to be!), all these places must be on the southern half of the globe right?

    Vaguely appropriate thought for something like the uncelebrated (untimeshifted) Columbus Day.

    No MIT engineer would make this mistake. :)