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JFK Wanted To Pin Vietnam War On The GOP

From an eggshell walking CBS News:

Jackie Kennedy: Martin Luther King Jr. "phony"

September 12, 2011

NEW YORK — President John F. Kennedy openly scorned the notion of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeding him in office, according to a book of newly-released interviews with his widow, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

In the interviews, she also called civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. "terrible," "tricky" and "a phony."

"This book shows Jackie Kennedy unplugged," historian and CBS News analyst Douglas Brinkley told "Early Show" co-anchor Erica Hill Monday.

He said, "A lot of the rawness of her feelings, I think, as a young woman — she’s is only in her 30s when she is doing these tapes in 1964 — is very different from the more poised and discrete Jackie Kennedy we got to know in the 1980s and 1990s."

Yes, she was so young and naïve – she actually spoke the truth.

The book, "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy," includes a series of interviews the former first lady gave to historian and former Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. shortly after her husband was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.

Over seven sessions, she recalled conversations on topics ranging from her husband’s reading habits to the botched Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba…

JFK’s "reading habits" were not the problem.

Jacqueline Kennedy told Schlesinger in the 1964 interviews that her husband often fretted about the prospect of a Johnson presidency…

Jacqueline Kennedy also indicated that her husband was highly skeptical about victory in Vietnam, a central battleground of the Cold War and the conflict that brought down Johnson’s presidency.

She said JFK, a Democrat, had named Henry Cabot Lodge, a Republican he had defeated for a Massachusetts Senate seat in 1952, as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam because JFK was so doubtful of military success there.

"I think he probably did it … rather thinking it might be such a brilliant thing to do because Vietnam was rather hopeless anyway, and put a Republican there," Jacqueline Kennedy said

Some things never change, do they?

Jacqueline Kennedy spoke skeptically of [Martin Luther] King [Jr].

She called him "tricky" and a "phony" after hearing about FBI tapes of him and a woman in his hotel room, while noting that JFK had urged her not to be judgmental.

We wonder why?

She said King had mocked her husband’s funeral and Cardinal Richard Cushing, who celebrated Mass at the funeral.

"He made fun of Cardinal Cushing and said that he was drunk at it," she said. "And things about they almost dropped the coffin. I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible."

Blasphemy! She was clearly a racist.

The former first lady, who died in 1994, and Schlesinger, who died in 2007, at times sound like a couple of old friends sharing gossip, ridiculing Richard Nixon’s wife, Pat, or labeling LBJ’s wife, Lady Bird, as so obedient she was like a "trained hunting dog." …

Jacqueline Kennedy, clearly at ease, speaks candidly about her in-laws and about other Kennedy insiders. She marvels at the suspicious nature of her mother-in-law, Rose Kennedy, always wanting to know whether someone was Catholic.

"There seems to be about all these Irish — they always seem to have a sort of persecution thing about them, don’t they?" she asks.

This seems to be true of all Democrat politicians, no matter their ancestry.

She also accuses sister-in-law Eunice Kennedy Shriver of undue personal ambition and says the president was anxious to dump FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. She confides she didn’t trust the White House aide and speechwriter Theodore Sorensen, believing he encouraged the perception that he had ghostwritten her husband’s Pulitzer Prize-winning "Profiles in Courage."

"You know, Jack forgave so quickly, but I never forgave Ted Sorensen," she said.

Sorensen, who died last year, was widely regarded as devoted to JFK. Jacqueline Kennedy said the president, out of personal fondness, even gave Sorensen the book’s royalties

Oh, our sides. Sure he did.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “JFK Wanted To Pin Vietnam War On The GOP”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Read this


    You won’t find a better book on the real Jackie. Sordid, bizarre and shocking look inside the world of privilege, elitism and high society. And yes, it is as decadently sinful as you may have imagined.

    Also goes a long way to explaining the blood feud between the Kennedys and Onassis. And Jackie was the prize. Which she endured so her kids would not be murdered as further payment for what Joe Kennedy had done to Onassis. Ask John Jr. how long the arm of retribution is on Onassis.

    Read it. Fantastic peephole insider’s revelation.

  2. proreason says:

    So much for our last remaining saints.

    Good thing there weren’t tape recorders when Washington and Lincoln were alive.

  3. JohnMG says:

    A real, candid look into the attitudes of these spoiled-brat, elitist jerks.

    When you’ve got it all and it still isn’t enough……..what else can be said?

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