John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was ambassador to Great Britain from 1937 to 1940. Kennedy graduated from Harvard University in 1940 and joined the navy the next year. He became skipper of a PT boat that was sunk in the Pacific by a Japanese destroyer. Although given up for lost, he swam to a safe island, towing an injured enlisted man.

In the passage, what does the word “ambassador” most closely mean?



An ambassador to another country does more than act as a dispatcher, courier, or just carry messages. The information that is relayed must be presented in a format that is most likely to be received and accepted by a different culture. This requires tact, discretion, and sensitivity. All of these define a diplomat or ambassador.

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