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Robert Kennedy
In the Wake of the Kennedy Assassination, Robert Kennedy Arranges to Present His Sister-in-Law, Jacqueline, With a Gift From John F. Kennedy's Cabinet and Intimate Friends ""We want this to be a surprise""; It was a gold coffee service with engraved signatures of Kennedy's cabinet on it; he hoped to divert the grieving former First Lady with this poignant gesture. "We want this to be a surprise""; It was a gold coffee service with engraved signatures of Kennedy's cabinet on it; he hoped to divert the grieving former First Lady with this poignant gesture.
1963. 12/2/64. <blockquote><p>She moves into her first permanent home after the White House, and her husband's confidants prepare a surprise housewarming</p></blockquote><p>A symbol of strength for a traumatized nation in the winter of 1963-64, Jacqueline Kennedy was in fact falling apart--grieving and endlessly reliving her husband's assassination, afflicted with what we'd now call post-traumatic stress disorder. Her biographer, Barbara Leaming, writes that unknown but to a few inside her inner circle, the former First Lady had nightmares, a drinking problem, and suicidal thoughts. In the weeks following the assassination, Jackie was, as she later said of herself at this point, "not in any condition to make much sense of anything." But on December 6, 1963, she had to vacate the White House for the Johnsons and moved temporarily into a borrowed house in Georgetown, three blocks from where the John F. Kennedys had lived at the time he was elected president. Soon after, she asked a priest why had God allowed her husband to die like this? What possible reason could there be for it? She emphasized the senselessness of Jack's being killed at a time when he still had so much more to offer. Jackie also confided to him her unease with the role that the American public had thrust upon her in the aftermath of Dallas. She did not want to be a public figure and felt that the world viewed her, not as a woman, but as a symbol of its own pain. And she kept thinking that the assassination was due to some failure on her part: If only she had not mistaken the sound of a rifle shot for the r … [Click Below for Full Description]
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