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    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is undoubtedly one of the most beloved and famed First Ladies of the White House. Although her stay in the presidential residence was cut short with the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy, she managed to record eight hours of audio just four months after the tragic event.

    These audio tapes have been saved in the Kennedy presidential library and recently were released by her daughter Caroline Kennedy to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, despite Jackie’s request that the tapes were private until 50 years after her death.

    Jackie O’s Reveals a Skewed Perception of Self

    Jackie Kennedy reveals at the beginning that she felt as though she was a political liability to the Kennedy campaign for presidency referring to herself as a "dud" and feeling depressed about being made fun of for her pillbox hat and bouffant hairstyle which later became trends once she established herself as a style icon for women in the 1960s.

    She 100% underestimates her contributions to JFK’s successful presidency, and how her attempts to restore the White House distracted the public from the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis. She restored culture and class to the White House single-handedly, yet still speaks meekly, describing how a woman should act towards her husband and declaring that women who were any different were just unhappy, and even accused them of being lesbians.

    Jackie even is responsible for a positive relationship with French leader Charles DeGaulle, whom she enchanted with her French fluency and knowledge about French culture. However, she still claims that the goal of her marriage was to give JFK a "climate of affection and comfort and detente."

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    Jackie refers to her friend, DeGaulle as an "egomaniac" and reckons that she hates the French.

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    However, Jacqueline Kennedy still maintains a sense of grace during these interviews, yet slips up here and there showing her true feelings. She mentions the "civilized side of Jack" and also his "sort of a crude side," yet retracts her statement to say "not that Jack had the crude side."

    In regards to the Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Jackie says: "Lyndon as vice-president didn’t just do anything… Oh God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president?"

    Although she was a civil rights supporter, Jackie was not a fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. She refers to him as "terrible" and "phony" – mostly in regards to his infidelities.

    "It is also worth noting that Jack Kennedy regarded King as an irritant during his presidency, largely because the civil rights movement exposed a chasm within the Democratic Party."

    She also had a lot to say about the many other wives of political figures. She referred to Indira Gandhi as a "a real prune: bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman" who looked as if she was sucking on lemons. She also gives surprising commentary of other first wives in the White House.


    Jackie Kennedy’s tapes overall reveal a tone of endearment, love, and devotion to her husband. Her soft, airy voice gives a soothing tone to some of the sharp comments she may be making, but this gives a whole new insight into American history at such a volatile time.

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