Despite the fact her husband was a serial philanderer, that the Bay  of Pilogs ended in disaster and that she lost a son in childbirth, Jacqueline Kennedy never seemed to  lose her elegant cool as the wife of Jack and chatelaine of the White House.

Irt now emerges that just four months after her husband’s assassination Mrs. Kennedy gave a long interview to the distinguished American historian, Arthur Schlesinger Jr.  The contents of that interview and they reveal another side of Mrs. Kennedy – cattier, cruder, caustic.

Despite his avowed admiration for her, Jackie calls General de Gaulle “the egominiacal spiteful man.”  Indian  leader, Indira Ghandi was “a real prune”;

And this of  Martin Luther King:  “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s a terrible phony.”  Was she thinking of King’s sexual history

On one of my political heroes, Adlai Stevenson.  “I always thought women who were scared of sex loved Adlai.”|

Secretary of Labour, Arthur Goldberg. “I  know he’s brilliant.  I just think it’s a shame to be so pleased about yourself.”

On Lyndon Johnson.  She remembers Jack saying, “Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president.”

So this 1964 interview with Jackie add piquancy for their close-up view of the Kennedy era, which even transmitted through Jackie’s breathy voice sounds muchmore Machiavelli than Camelot.

Was there are dark side to Jackie Kennedy?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    I love it!
    She was quite snobby, but who could blame her. She was brought up in that atmosphere, at a time when women were expected to be/act* empty headed.
    She sure played the part.
    PS: If you are too young to remember that *”act” you can see it portrayed on many recent TV shows: Play Boy Club, Mad Men, Pan Am

  2. 2
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Are you really that surprised, Neil, about this alleged dark side of Jackie Kennedy and her nasty comments about the Rev. King?

    After all, Jackie was the husband of a man who only accended to the Presidency by allying himself with the notoriously racist and segregationist Dixiecrats of his Democrat Party. I also read somewhere that any concessions JFK did give to Blacks was largely due to RFKs influence — the Attorney-General — who JFK would refer to as “Bobby and his negroes”.

    And what’s with your bizarre spelling of her name — Jacqui– is this some sort of politically correct spelling you’ve adopted to show your solidarity with some kooky left wing fringe philosophy?

  3. 3

    Tony- Your diatribe is out of control. Chill. Take a pill, smoke another joint, take stock of your grey matter…

  4. 4
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Specifics please, littlepatti.

    What part of my diatribe is out of control?

  5. 5

    Bizzare is your reference to Jaquie, being the “”husband” of a man…
    Oh, okay-you are not perfect. Good to know!

  6. 6
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    That’s it?

    Your complaint is my mistakenly writing “husband” instead of “wife”?

    That’s a disappointment; I thought you were going to challenge me on something substantial such as JFK’s “Bobby” quote.

  7. 7

    You refer to others as Xenophobic racists, dixicrats, segregationists, kooky left wing fringe. You really need to find a vocabulary that doesn’t make you seem to be such a narrow minded prick.
    I think that an actual valid opinion comes through in your commentary once in awhile, but it’s “besmirched” (don’t you love that word) by your own ongoing nit-picking. I don’t intend to further this discussion of your diatribe.

    On the subject of Jackie (Jaquie, Jacqueline) She was entitled to her opinion and she was probably quite right about some of those people she came closer in contact with than most. In any case I am thoroughly enjoying the “expose”.
    I don’t recall her little “breathless voice”-Was she channeling Marilyn?

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    Barbara Says:

    It is refreshing to find an intelligent and critical mind behind the 60’s woman better known for stunning outfits, redecorating the White House and charming and disarming foreign leaders. That’s not “catty”, it is as honest as anyone’s personal opinion can be. “Catty” implies that she was playing some vicious verbal game to score some kind of points. She was prudent in being interviewed by the scholar Arthur Schlesinger and by letting the recording be locked up for decades.

    By the way, would you call an opinionated man “catty”, Neil?

  9. 9

    Sorry to irritate your sensibilities, littlepatti, but I call it as I see it.

    Convorting with racists to win the presidency is worth a mention as is calling Quebec racism what it is: racism.

    Which political party did YOU vote for last Quebec provincial election (gee, let me guess…did it start with an “L” and end with an “L”?).

  10. 10
    Neil McKenty Says:

    No, Barbara, I would not refer to a man as “catty”.

    Point well taken.

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