President John F. Kennedy spoke at a fundraising dinner for the Democratic party at the National Guard Armory in Washington D.C. on the first anniversary of his inaugural address to the nation.
In this speech, Kennedy parodies bits of his inaugural address and acknowledges the debt accrued by Democratic campaigns in the run up to his presidency. The President goes on to emphasize the importance of funding the Democratic hopefuls campaigning in the upcoming Congressional races of 1962, his main purpose on that January evening.
Kennedy praises the historic and current achievements of the Democratic party, highlighting its endurance and progressiveness. A Democratic majority in the House and Senate would enable his administration to expedite Democratically-sponsored legislation and, in his view, move the country forward.