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Oh La Jackie O: “Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis”

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Jacqueline Bouvier by David Berne in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis at Amazon

Jacqueline Bouvier arrived in 1949, to a Paris that was, literally, black. Its white stone buildings hadn’t been cleaned of street soot since the war. This, like the ration card issued to Bouvier for sugar and coffee, is the sort of detail that sketches an entire mode of life, scrimping and shadowed. Kaplan is a master at delivering such details and at selecting just the right aspect of everyday experience to illuminate an important point she wants to make.

In the section on Sontag, Kaplan notes, “There’s rarely a published account of Parisian intellectual life in the 1950s — French or American — that doesn’t involve hotel rooms.” Sontag, who, unlike Bouvier and Davis, spoke only “elementary” French during her 1957 sojourn to Paris,


In case you missed it: Mimi Alford interview @ Rock Center (8 mins)

The same story sex sells.  I find the story plausible because jack needed to debase women because of maternal neglect.   This led to untreated mental illness like depression.  For what it’s worth the woman could have said hell no.   She didn’t why? I don’t buy abuse of power.  She will suffer for these sordid tales.

More wisdom from Jackie the best first lady ever

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While waiting for my appointment I looked at the People magazine cover which Jackie graces for this week.  Picture this: Inside Jackie is there in all her glory and one picture in particular caught my attention.  It was Jack and Jackie sitting on a chaise both dressed in black tops and white pants.  He was smoking a cigar and looking as cool as a cucumber with dark glasses.  The birth of beauty and style.  Who knew? Jack was such a slob when younger and wore grunge look with pride and the same old tennis shoes even with black tie.  More about that later.

In tape four Jack seeking to assemble his cabinet and wanted to have the transition team in place in the event he won the election.  Jackie said that like a doubting Thomas (my metaphor) Bob McNamara came to JFK and asked him only one question: did you write “Profiles in Courage?” Damn.  With no swagger or boast Jack simply said yes, I wrote it. And that brought Jackie to talk about Ted, Sorenson that is.  Who wisely or foolishly or accidently planted that seed of doubt that Jack wrote Profiles.  Jackie said after that McNamara had this worship thing for Jack. 

One more thing from the tape/book I had a long day and the right side of my neck has been bothering me for weeks so I will make this short: She said that Bobby had no ambition for himself.  His becoming the AG was entirely from the mind of his dad Joseph.  Bobby turned it down and said that he and Ethel were going away and he just wanted to teach somewhere.  But that was never to be. 

Jack finally called him into the offie and told him that he just had to accept the post of AG.  And history seems to be telling us now that Bobby will probably be the last best AG this country will ever have.  Bush dedicated the building in DC to RFK and deservedly so.  We were like fingers on the same hand and found each other in many lifetimes before and since. 


Jackie: “back surgery for Jack was criminal”

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I just got the book and tapes Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy with foreward by Caroline Kennedy. I happened to get my copy at Barnes and Noble and it is a first edition.  You can get copy at Amazon:
 Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

Jackie recorded conversations only four months after JFK’s death.  I put the first one in the DVD player and nothing happened.  I knew it wasn’t the disc.  So I slapped the player around a few times and tried other CDs in it.  I had not used the darn thing in months and it was just sitting collecting dust.  Well, the thing fired up after I hit it a couple of times and listened first to the sound of Caroline’s voice.

Then an introduction by Michael Beschloss.  He reminded me of what one thing I already knew and had experienced in dreams more than once:  Jack and Jackie married September 12, 1953.  My daughter was born September 12, 1973.  How can that be?  I cover that and more in my book on the laws of rebirth which no one else, including the highest of the high Buddhists have given out.  Why? Because they were not given the mantle to do so. 

The tapes told me something I didn’t know that JFK helped the Egyptian government to save a important site when the Aswan damn was being built.  I mean we the USA sent them money to help out.  In return they sent  something from the temple of Dendera, not sure what have to look it up, as a gift.  My daughter’s middle name “Dendera.”  

The other connection comes in the way of Jack’s back.  I once had this strange vision and had a flashback about my back being opened up.  Didn’t realize it was about surgery but always had this nagging feeling about my back not being safe and that something, someone attached my back and it opened.  That’s spine surgery for you.  And Jackie said that Jack no more needed surgery on his spine than Arthur did at that moment.  More karma to come.  Whether or not Jack needed surgery it has replayed itself in this life because I spent 5 years working for who else? Spine surgeons before I left Chicago in 1995.  I enjoyed it.  But knew that many who went for the surgery did not really need it.   Orthopaedic surgery is better now than it used to be.  Jackies said that a woman doctor named Janet saved Jack by giving him trigger point injections of novocaine into his back.  She did not use the medical lingo like I just did but that is the only thing it could have been.   She probably pioneered it.  Of course, his back got worse and weaker and was always on crutches for a surgery he did not need.  But the meds helped him to recover finally.  He and FDR sympatico that they are both were damn near cripples in the White House.

Finally the way that Jackie restored the WH is the way that it has remained.  She and Jack loved history and researched it and hired a woman named “Parrish” to do much of the work.  I have a connetion with a “Parrish” family in this life.   Surprising to know that RFK returned to a family by that name.   Well, one day.  I think that many of us were brought to Texas and just told to “wait there.”  We are waiting for what’s next even though I’ve taken steps to ensure the record is straight on whom returned as whom.   More about that later.

Jackie is starting from the beginning of when he wanted to be president.  Then she moves onto their early life together about his frequent awayness and tired from all the campaigning and she was pregnant and could not be with him.  It is really a good book and recording of history IMO.  I know that listening to it will bring a flood of new dreams and memories just like the Diane Sawyer special did.  Lots of people don’t want to hear it or think it is over the top adulation for Jackie and for Jack.   But there is much more here than meets the eye or the ear.  You’ll see.

The Kennedy Reading and Watching List

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Here are some brand new releases about the life of JFK from Amazon.

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy pre-order now $33.00 (reg $60)

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews

The Kennedys [Blu-ray] The TV series starring Greg Kinnear. He transformed this role and really channeled JFK.  Must see, must have.

It’s True: The Jackie Tapes Coming to ABC

Beside the fact that Jackie is part Jewish, doesn’t matter now her daddy lied and changed their name, and she hid that fact from the Kennedy family her voice will be heard again.   But now tapes she recorded with Arthur Schlesinger were sealed and Jackie asked that they not be released for fifty years after her death.  I saw that headline in a tabloid and it’s true: tapes will be released by Caroline Kennedy, really.  The tapes allege that LBJ masterminded the assassination of JFK.  I know that one man shot JFK, but that does not mean only one man planned it.  That would spell conspiracy.  So is Caroline talking conspiracy along with Jackie? Don’t know what’s in the tapes we will have to see. 

Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy, ‘explosive’ recordings are set to reveal.

The secret tapes will show that the former first lady felt that her husband’s successor was at the heart of the plot to murder him.

She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald – long claimed to have been a lone assassin – merely part of a much larger conspiracy.

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Jackie Kennedy’s sealed tapes to be broadcast by ABC

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Never-before-heard tapes of Jackie Kennedy in conversation with historian Arthur M. Schlesinger are to be released by ABC News for o the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Administration.


The network announced Wednesday that the recordings, made in the spring of 1964 and sealed until now, will be the basis of a series of special reports in which the former first lady shared her impressions of life with her husband, President John F. Kennedy. The eight hours of tapes were left to daughter Caroline Kennedy.

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