The eloquence of John F. Kennedy for @CarnivalPLC

From a purely creative standpoint, the Carnival Corporation ad in yesterday’s Super Bowl was beautifully shot, and an impressive use of a historical speech. (It recalled the “Farmer” ad for Dodge from a couple years ago that made similarly effective use of a speech by broadcaster Paul Harvey.) The JFK remarks were given at the 1962 America’s Cup race. The remarks sound rather extemporaneous, but were probably prepared. Perhaps the work of Ted Sorensen or some other speech writer. Kennedy was no slouch himself, of course, when it came to rhetoric so it’s certainly possible that the words were entirely his own; but that seems unlikely given the nature of how a president’s every word is carefully thought through. Whatever the case, Kennedy was a great sailor, and a Navy man; his love of the sea is clearly evident in the sound and timbre of his voice. Kennedy also loved poetry and knew how to find the music in words, which is so evident here. I’m not really a cruise person; this ad doesn’t change that. However, I admire Carnival as a company for making such great use of the speech, and creating an emotionally appealing and enjoyable ad. I will remember Carnival for making this ad, and like them more because of it. Mission accomplished.



4 thoughts on “The eloquence of John F. Kennedy for @CarnivalPLC

  1. Disagree with you, regrettably. I was wowed by everything you were, but really disliked Kennedy’s voice and memory being invoked for such a crass purpose. As if Navy man Kennedy would ever really think cruising was the best way to be one with the sea.

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    • You make a valid point about the appropriateness of using JFK in advertisng. I personally don’t find anything crass about this ad. Whether JFK would be a fan of the modern cruise industry us an interesting question. As the young man Kennedy’s father was ambassador to Great Britain and the young Kennedy would have traveled wih his family by ocean liner. That was when cruis ships were transporation and not strictly leisure as is the case today. At any rate, he certainly knew the experience of being a passenger aboard a liner.

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