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Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) lost the U.S. presidential election of 1960 to John F. Kennedy by an exceedingly narrow margin and under circumstances many then and now regarded as questionable. Shortly after the Kennedy's inaugural address, Nixon happened to meet Kennedy aid Ted Sorenson and remarked that there were things in the speech that he would liked to have said.

"Do you mean the part about, "Ask not what your country can do for you ...?'" asked Sorenson.

"No," replied Nixon, "the part beginning 'I do solemnly swear ..."