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[–] tpdplsio 2 points 10 points (+12|-2) ago 

For presidents, people put way too much stock in what a president can accomplish alone. They can have great ideas and a solid plan, but ultimately it's up to Congress to fund it.

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[–] NapoleonComplex 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I think it also helped that we were in a huge pissing contest with the Soviets at that point in history and everyone was on board with anything that would show those damn commies what freedom was all about. I like that he chose the moon but he could have easily said "We're going to go to the bottom of the ocean not because it is easy but because it is hard" and America would have made a rocket powered submarine to get it down there faster. In this case, we're not in competition with anyone so there's no first place trophy, no flag to set somewhere, to make people want to go.