John F. Kennedy was elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States, which made him the youngest president to serve at 43 years old. While serving as president, Kennedy confronted Cold War tensions in Cuba, Vietnam, and elsewhere, led a new drive for public service, and provided support for the civil rights movement. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated, which the whole country mourned because to this day, historians continue to rank him as one of the most-loved presidents in United States history. After abandoning his plans to become a journalist, Kennedy left the Navy by 1944 to then prepare for a run for Congress in 1946. Kennedy won his party’s nomination and entered the 80th Congress in 1947. He won reelection to the House of Representatives again in 1948 and 1950, eventually leading him to run successfully for Senate. By 1960, after earning his party’s nomination for vice president in 1956, Kennedy announced his candidacy for president. He ran against Richard Nixon and debated him in the first-ever televised presidential debates, which was watched by millions of Americans who helped JFK become president of the United States.

While serving as president of the United States, Kennedy reportedly joked that he wanted to smoke cannabis, and he did. Supposedly on the night of July 16, 1962, Washington Post executive Jim Truitt provided Kennedy’s mistress Mary Meyer with marijuana for the president to smoke. Meyer went to the White House that evening with six joints, which Kennedy smoked three of. At first, he didn’t feel the effects, so he continued smoking, but he eventually passed on the fourth joint when he realized that he couldn’t adequately handle a national-security crisis while high, “No more. Suppose the Russians did something now."