Caroline Kennedy unlocked the gates to Camelot this week, through the release of a seven-part audio interview with Jacqueline Kennedy, conducted months after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in early 1964.
Accompanied by the book, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy, the tapes give a glimpse of the Kennedys’ world through the eyes of one of the family’s most iconic yet extremely reticent members. Caroline Kennedy pens the foreword to the book, and said the decision came with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of her father’s presidency, according to the New York Times.
But while many Americans are fascinated by Jacqueline Kennedy’s candid remarks regarding historical figures including Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles DeGaulle, Caroline Kennedy’s daughters are reportedly dismayed by their grandmother’s archaic perspective of the role of women.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America, Caroline Kennedy admitted her daughters were “horrified” by the American icon’s description of her marriage.
Jacqueline Kennedy characterized her relationship as “rather terribly Victorian or Asiatic” and said her opinions mostly derived from her husband.
After listening to portions of the tapes, her daughters asked, “Did she really think that?”
But Caroline Kennedy emphasized that the interview is a part of an oral history and is more like a diary. She called the tapes a “snapshot of a world we barely recognize.”
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