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April 10, 2012


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today JFK+50 continues our report on the seventh conversation from “Jacqueline Kennedy, Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,” published by Hyperion.

The seventh conversation was recorded on June 3, 1964.

Jacqueline Kennedy continues to discuss the Foreign Service.  She says:

Jack said one terrific thing about Angie Duke*, who he was so proud of, but Angie wanted to get out of being chief of protocol, & Jack was so surprised where Angie wanted to go. 

It was Tanganyika.  

And Jack thought he would have wanted (Denmark). 

(Jack) said, ‘I’m not sure Angie’s quite up to Tanganyika.’  But he was very impressed that (Angie) wanted to go where life could be rugged.”

Mrs. Kennedy returns to the subject of Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

She says:

“Dean Rusk was the one member of (Jack’s) cabinet–probably because he was older & hadn’t known him before–who he called ‘Mr. Rusk.'”

Mrs. Kennedy adds…

“He never liked it if anyone called (him) ‘Jack,’ or me ‘Jackie.’  He always called my mother & stepfather ‘Mr. & Mrs. Auchinscloss.’

*Angier Biddle Duke (1915-1995) joined the Foreign Service in 1949 & served as Truman’s ambassador to El Salvador.  

JFK made him Chief of Protocol for the State Department in 1961.  

He later served as US ambassador to Spain, Denmark & Morocco.

Angier Biddle Duke, 2nd from left, November 6, 1961. Photograph by Abbie Rowe, NPS, JFK Library Image.


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