She was a symbol of grace and elegance in the 1960s. Jacqueline Kennedy is the closest thing America has ever had to a queen in the American royalty that is the Kennedy family. She only ever gave three interviews she gave after her husband’s assassination. The tapes from the seven-part interview with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. were meant to be held until 50 years after her death, however those tapes have now been released, we are getting a glimpse inside the mind and heart of the soft-spoken woman America knows as “Jackie.”
In her soft-spoken voice, the candid tapes reveal a woman who was devoted to her husband and family. Jackie was willing to stay beside “Jack” despite the threat of a nuclear attack during the Cuban Missile Crisis rather than sit in a bomb shelter. She was the quiet “Victorian” wife who took her political opinions from her husband and provided a comfortable and affectionate atmosphere for her family. She was charming. She wowed French president and WWII hero Charles De Gaulle, but thought him an “egomaniac.”
Daughter Caroline Kennedy released the tapes to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy presidency. The book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, including audio, is out today.