GRACE AND POWER: THE DARK SIDE OF THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE PART 4 OF 5.
AT HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY
Part 4 of 5. Other Women.
Jackie according to this Author was aware that her husband was seeing other women but chose to ignore it. Often these women were invited to White House social occasions over which she planned and presided. They would appear alone or with very transparent beards. It is almost as if Jackie was a facilitator of her husband’s infidelities. Also since she was absent much of the time she gave Jack ample time if not motivation for his amorous pursuits. How could she not suspect something was going on between her husband and Marilyn Monroe after the birthday song at the event in Madison Square Garden, which she did not attend? What about when she identified Fiddle and Faddle, two White House secretaries, as her husband’s mistresses, in French, to a high ranking French visitor who she was giving a tour of the White House. One wonders why Mary Meyer who has Jack’s lover for his last two years was so often in attendance at White House social events at which Jackie was also present. This holds true for Helen Chavchavadze another of his paramours who was often in attendance at the White House. This was a strange marriage, but the author says it was more than a political marriage or a marriage of convenience. Those relationships came later in her life. Indeed they had two children and three unfortunate miscarriages. Two before the Presidency and, a child Patrick, that died upon birth during the Presidency. The marriage resembles the marriage of Joe and Rose. A wildly successful but absent husband, many children to whom she is devoted, the wife turns her back on Joe’s infidelities, travels to France every year for the fashion shows and deeply involves herself in her religion. Most of these could be said of Jackie except she was a much more soignée person than Rose ever was, she had fewer children and her religion was that of being a sports woman. However both women were the glue that kept their marriages together and raised their children in commendable fashion. NEXT PART 5 OF 5 THE SHATTERING OF THE JACKIE MYTH.