November 22, 2013
On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s passing, Manatos & Manatos remembers him with great warmth and affection. One of the firm’s founders, Mike Manatos (1914 – 1983), considered him a friend. Manatos knew Kennedy as a US Senator and then served as one of President Kennedy’s top White House assistants in charge of US Senate Liaison. The firm’s other founder, Andy Manatos, who was 19 years-old at the time, was an admiring acquaintance.
As many Americans also feel, the Manatoses think that President Kennedy had a unique and powerful impact on those associated with him and on our country. The President, and those with whom he surrounded himself, elegantly exhibited and focused on excellence in all things — one’s self, one’s country and one’s world. When American youth of the 1950’s were drawn in large numbers toward a rebellious, “hot rod” mentality, President Kennedy made the pursuit of excellence “cool.”
His answer to the question of what made him happy says it all. As a man with access to all the conventionally believed paths to happiness — good looks, wealth, popularity and power — President Kennedy said:
“The Greeks had it right when they said, ‘Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.’