- Years later, one of Kennedy's closest advisers, McGeorge Bundy, said he felt that the language the president used was 'excessively nerve-racking'. What phrases from the speech support this view?
- One historian has called the speech 'the most alarming ever delivered by an American President' and said that it 'frightened the American people'. Would you agree with this? Would you say that this was a bad thing or a good thing?
- Do you think that this speech would make the situation better or worse?
- What phrases from the speech suggest that Kennedy was trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the crisis?