Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Bother of Politics

Being the prim and proper lady that she was, Jackie Bouvier had no interest in politics. In fact, she'd never voted. Marrying the dashing senator changed that, sort of. The first time she cast a ballot was for her husband in the presidential election of 1960, and JFK / president was the only person / issue she voted for. She fulfilled her duties as a senator's wife, giving up the idea of a career in journalism or writing, though she hated ladies' luncheons and interviews with the press. Even as first lady, Jackie found no love for politics. She made sure that when her husband was 'away from the office', that she filled their time with talk of anything but foreign policy and budgetary concerns. Jackie firmly believed her husband's time away from work needed to be stimulating yet relaxing. One has to imagine that she had her work cut out for her, keeping a Kennedy man satisfied and coming back for more...conversation.

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