There Will Never Be Another Camelot, Because It Never Really Existed... ; On the 50th Anniversary of Jfk's Inauguration,a Provocative View of the Legacy He Left Behindsaturday Essay [Eire Region]

Daily MailJanuary 22, 2011

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ON a Friday evening at the end of November 1963, a week after John F Kennedy's assassination, famed journalist and Kennedy family friend, Theodore white, drove up to the Hyannis Port mansion where Jacqueline Kennedy had sequestered herself.

Like many Kennedy insiders, white was deeply concerned about the seemingly stoic young widow, whose appearance behind her husband's casket, head held high, grief elegantly obscured by a black veil, had transformed her into an icon of courage and dignity in the face of unimaginable turmoil and grief.

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There Will Never Be Another Camelot, Because It Never Really Existed... ; On the 50th Anniversary of Jfk's Inauguration,a Provocative View of the Legacy He Left Behindsaturday Essay [Eire Region]

Inside the house, those closest to the slain President were gathered. Among them was Arthur Schlesinger, the historian who was JFK's special assistant during his brief white House tenure.

Many years later he recalled how, as the wind and sleet of that bitterly cold night lashed and rattled against the windows, 'Jacqueline Kennedy poured out a turbulent stream of memory, passion and despair' to white.

The interview discomfited those present, who believed her to be in no state of mind to disclose anything - much less her state of mind - even to the most sympathetic of j...

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