March 9, 2012
JACQUELINE KENNEDY, HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS: THE FOURTH CONVERSATION V
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today JFK+50 continues our report on the fourth conversation from “Jacqueline Kennedy, Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy”, published by Hyperion.
The fourth conversation was recorded on March 23, 1964.
Arthur Schlesinger says:
“(The President) was so proud of the knowledge (about furniture & paintings) that he got from you.”
Jacqueline Kennedy responds:
“(Jack) got into sculpture & then really knew his field. He’d pick out the best things.
He just had taste in every facet of his character–for people, for books, for sculptures, for furniture, for rooms, for houses.
He bought our house in Georgetown because the door knob was old & he liked the sort of old look of it.”
Then, Mrs. Kennedy tells how the President picked out an Alexandrian bracelet as a gift for her.
“(The bracelet) is terribly simple, gold, sort of a snake. I could see how he loved it. He’d just hold it in his hand.”*
*A copyrighted photograph of the bracelet is available at the JFK Library website.
Mr. Schlesinger then asks about the 1st day at the White House.
“(I) was just laid out in the Queen’s bed & (Dr. Travell) had my leg up in the air to try to get some kink out of it. I just couldn’t walk.”
She says that suddenly the door to her bedroom burst open & “Jack & poor President Truman, who just turned scarlet, came in.”
Mrs. Kennedy says she doesn’t believe the former President had ever seen any other woman besides his wife (Bess) in a nightgown before.