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JACQUELINE KENNEDY, HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS: SEVENTH CONVERSATION XVII

April 16, 2012

JACQUELINE KENNEDY, HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS: SEVENTH CONVERSATION XVII

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.

Arthur Schlesinger says:

“I thought it was the most exceptionally harmonious experience (serving on JFK’s staff).  I just thought it was the best possible experience of dealing with–of the people around (JFK) because of the way he….managed everybody.”

Jacqueline Kennedy responds:

“Yeah. Well, there weren’t really any jealousies or favorites.  No one ever thought Jack had a favorite–unless it was Dave Powers*, who was a favorite for what everyone hoped he would have a favorite for–someone to relax him.

But (Jack) didn’t have any favorites. 

And so that way, they could all work together.”

*David Powers (1912-1998) Special Assistant to the President & curator of the JFK Library & Museum, 1964-1994.


David F. Powers, White House Cabinet Room, November 19, 1962, Photo by Robert Knudsen, JFK Library Image

JFK+50 NOTE:

My wife & I had the pleasure of meeting Dave Powers in his office at the JFK Library on July 21, 1986. 

If you are interested in reading about this story please check out “A Tribute to JFK” at www.jrwhite21.webs.com/visitwithdavepowers.htm

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