Since it is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I have revived this blog post.
There has been a lot of buzz this week about Jacqueline Kennedy this week, and the 8 hours of taped interviews she did, only 4 months after the assassination of her husband. First off, apparently we have been mispronouncing her name all these years! We need to put the french twist on it, which is actually very beautiful. Jacqueline was indeed a very beautiful woman. Which, I believe, was her initial asset to JFK and the presidency. Women all over the world fell in love with her bouffant hair, pill box hats, and breathy voice. I’m sure the men did too. Sometimes, in my opinion only, she seemed a bit simple and simpering in her early years. Naive about the ways of the world.
In her interview, she states that women were too emotional to be President. It was apparent that she was madly in love with her husband and children and it was her job to keep the family running. I think this was typical of the era in which she lived. She filled the White House with the shrieks and laughter of children, and made it her home. She says those were the best years, the Camelot years.
She was also quite vocal in her dislikes of certain other politicians and foreign dignitaries, some of which gave me a chuckle, especially her opinion of Russian women. I wonder what Jacqueline would think of Hillary, Sarah and Michelle today.
When JFK was assassinated, right in front of her, was when Jacqueline became the strong woman she was for the rest of her life. She was strong, stoic, and silent in her suffering. I think she surprised us all. Underneath the pretty exterior and soft voice was a tough cookie. Over time she became a woman to be admired, for more than just her style. She raised two very fine children, and had her own career, with the words she loved.
Many people tried to tear down the idea of Camelot. The Kennedy’s have had their fair share of scandals, and life was perhaps not as idyllic as it seemed. Who knows what JFK’s presidential legacy would have been had it not been cut short.
In the interviews with her daughter, Caroline, they gently gloss over the idea of infidelity on JFK’s part. Caroline simply states that her mother loved her father, and that she knew, at the end of the day, that he loved her too. Caroline is much like her mother. It seems she has escaped the Kennedy curse, and I hope she lives a long and happy life. Some of the Kennedy men have not been so lucky.