When John F. Kennedy was elected in 1960 he was the youngest president of the United States. His campaign was staffed by people younger than him. At first, elder statesmen of the Democratic Party didn’t take them seriously and called them “The children’s crusade”. (This was in reference to young idealist who thought they could peacefully take back the Holy land in 1212.) One elder statesman told Joe Kennedy Sr. they would support his son’s campaign if it had more experienced people involved and Kennedy Sr. replied the only experience the Democratic Party had was in losing.
Kennedy Sr. believed if they were going to win no experience was needed.
This was a new generation with ideas their predecessors couldn’t imagine. They literally wanted to go to the moon and explore outer space and their mission statement was: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
Kennedy won one of the closest elections in American history.
But if the “Kennedy kids” lost they would have graciously accepted defeat, like their opponents, because they understood the importance of a peaceful transfer of power.
After it was confirmed 2016’s Republican nominee won the presidency, President Barack Obama addressed the nation. He said he had significant differences with President-elect Donald Trump, but he also had differences with former President Bush when he won the presidency in 2008. President Obama said the Bush team graciously made sure there was a smooth transition because the job of the presidency was bigger than all of them. President Obama instructed his team to follow the example set by former President Bush because they’re rooting for the president elect to succeed. President Obama also said a peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy and we are going to show that to the world.