Tag Archive for Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy didn’t believe the single bullet theory either

Another problem with the Warren Commission’s report just surfaced in Vanity Fair: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy didn’t believe the single bullet theory on which the Commission’s findings depend. Neither did John and Nellie Connally. In other words, the Commission ignored the testimony of the three witnesses closest to the gunfire.

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Those Kennedy Kards

The now poignant Kennedy Kards deck was published in early 1963 when the public infatuation with JFK had been revitalized by his statesmanship in the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.

JFK was the Jack of Hearts, First Lady Jackie the Queen of Hearts, and Bobby Kennedy, the King of Diamonds.

“Long live the King, Queen and Jack,” proclaimed an informational card that came with the deck.

Within the year, the Jack of Clubs, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, would be president. Read more

6 Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot

Jackie Kennedy’s private thoughts about Dallas

Defenders of the semi-official theory of JFK’s assassination sometimes suggest that anyone who disagrees is deluded or dishonest. Dale Myers and Gus Russo have dubbed the benighted souls “the conspirati,” a term intended to convey disdain for those allegedly emotionally needy or intellectually incompetent people who doubt the claim that one man killed JFK for no reason.

The problem with this trope, alas, is the facts. There were plenty of astute observers of American power in 1963 who rejected the official theory of a “lone nut” and concluded President Kennedy had been killed by his enemies.

Here are six six U.S. government insiders in 1963 who suspected a JFK was killed by a conspiracy.

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A closer look at Orville Nix’s film

With USA Today picking up on Gayle Nix Jackson’s search for the original version of her grandfather’s film of President Kennedy’s assassination, Gerda Dunckel’s film of Orville Nix talking about what he saw and heard on November 22, 1963, is timely.

JFK Assassination – Orville Nix’s Film Stabilized and Enhanced – YouTube.

‘God will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see Him’

Joseph Leonard and Jacqueline Kennedy

Father Joseph Leonard, pen pal of Jacqueline Kennedy

From The Irish Times last week.

“After her husband’s assassination in 1963, Jackie Kennedy confided to Fr Leonard how she became “bitter against God” and struggled to find comfort in her deep Catholic faith.

“I have to think there is a God – or I have no hope of finding Jack again.” She added, with bittersweet humour: “God will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see Him.” Read more

Jackie’ pink suit inspires a novel

The pink Chanel suit worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the day her husband was killed is a Shakespearan icon of the tragedy of November 22: a woman’s beautiful garment soaked in her husband’s blood.

“I didn’t want to pander, to become part of the cottage industry of Kennedy books,” says novelist Nicole Mary  Kelby about her new book, The Pink Suit. .”This book is not about cute clothes. It’s about how Jackie Kennedy set out to redefine how Americans defined themselves. Mamie and Ike Eisenhower (the Kennedys’ predecessors in the White House) were Grandma and Grandpa.”

This book isn’t even a book about Jackie Kennedy (she only appears once and is referred to throughout only as “the Wife”). Rather, it is a book about something that is now almost equally important: How November 22 shaped  the way Americans understand themselves.

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Jackie Kennedy’s ‘particular brand of silence’

Jackie Kennedy's private thoughts about Dallas

In a finely reported piece for Esquire last November Chris Jones recreated the scene on Air Force One on the afternoon of November 22, 1963.

Here’s the first meeting of now former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson, now the wife of the President of the United States.

“I don’t know what to say,” Lady Bird says. “What wounds me most of all is that this should happen in my beloved state of Texas.”

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During the missile crisis, Jackie Kennedy refused to leave JFK’s side

As the United States lurched towards war over Soviet missiles in Cuba in October 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy refused the suggestion that she leave her husband in the White House and move to a safer location.

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ICYM: First Lady and daughter on a sleigh ride

No, it wasn’t Michelle and Malia.

Jackie takes Caroline for a sleigh ride

Jacqueline Kennedy takes daughter Caroline and playmates for a sleigh ride on the south grounds of the White House in February 1962. Pulling the sleigh is Macaroni, Caroline’s brown-and-white pony.

Most viewed JFK Facts stories of the week

These were the best read JFK Facts stories in the week of Feb. 7-13

David Talbot

1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)

2) Belzer misses the mark with ‘Hit List’ (Feb. 3, 2014)

3) Top 6 Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot (Feb. 6, 2014)

4) Is ‘Badgeman’ for real? (Feb.9,  2014)

5) David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books (Feb. 11, 2014)

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Tour the White House with Jackie Kennedy

On Feb. 14, 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy took CBS News and a national television audience on a tour of the newly remodeled White House.
Let’s tag along.

RFK & Jackie to the Soviets: ‘He [the assassin] did not act alone’

“Perhaps there was only one assassin, but he did not act alone …. Dallas was the ideal location for such a crime.”

— William Walton, a friend of the Kennedys’, speaking on behalf of Robert and Jacqueline Kennedy. Walton delivered his message in Moscow to Georgi Bolshakov, who had been a backchannel to the Soviet leadership and was asked to repeat it to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. This incident occurred a week after the assassination.

The story was told first in Timothy Naftali and Alexsandr Furskenko’s “One Hell of a Gamble. Naftali is the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. The story is also recounted in David Talbot’s “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.”

Jan. 3, 1967: Jack Ruby, killer of JFK’s assassin, dies just weeks before second trial

The killer of JFK’s assassin died just weeks before he could speak out in a second trial (from Yahoo News UK.)

After killing Lee Harvey Oswald on national television, Ruby, the owner of a Dallas nightclub, usually denied that he was part of any conspiracy. On other occasions he intimated that he might have a different story. In June 1964, he asked Chief Justice Earl Warren to bring him to Washington to testify; Warren refused.

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Jackie Kennedy in Pakistan

H/t to Tree Frog and The Skeptical Bureaucrat.

Frog asks an apt question about this film of Jackie Kennedy’s visit to Pakistan in March 1962:

“Can you imagine Michelle Obama or any U.S. First Lady going to Pakistan any time soon and getting a friendly reception?” Read more