John Kennedy’s legacy is formidable. He was our first Catholic president. While a woman hasn’t broken the glass ceiling to the Oval Office yet, the world is open to the possibility, even anticipating it. Once Kennedy overcame the first barrier to the presidency, those remaining were a frontier we were bound to cross.
Kennedy opened the space age, not only setting the goal of putting a man on the moon, but additional goals of developing a nuclear rocket that would allow the “exciting and ambitious exploration of space, perhaps beyond the moon, perhaps to the very end of the solar system itself.” Today, we are in a race with India and Europe, China and Russia to be the first to land a man, or woman, on Mars.
Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic strategist, a political commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News, and a contributing columnist to Ms. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine.