Jacqueline Kennedy's disdain for Martin Luther King explained by Caroline Kennedy

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s newly released taped interviews were sealed and not available to the public since they were recorded in 1963, and after hearing some of the interviews, you can understand why they were sealed.

It was not a time when people valued views that were different from their own in politics and it was a time of much turmoil inside the political ring, which was kept from the public. The former First Lady had some horrific things to say about some of the very prominent and influential people in this world, including Dr. Martin Luther King.

Jacqueline recorded these interviews, just four months after the assignation of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. She was candid, maybe too candid when it came to certain subjects. While much of the tapes revealed some light-hearted observations of her fellow human-beings, she did not hold back anything when it came to distinguishing who she did not care for in politics during this era.

“Terrible, tricky and phony” are three of the words that Jacqueline used to describe Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. She loathed this man who was rapidly gathering followers during the time that she recorded these words. It is not known exactly on what information this First Lady formed her opinion, but it is suggested it may be from information fed to her from former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Carolyn Kennedy, Jacqueline’s daughter, suggests that Hoover might be at the root of Jacqueline’s disdain for the Civil Rights Leader. She explained to Diane Sawyer, ““Obviously J. Edgar Hoover had passed on something that Martin Luther King said about my father’s funeral, to Uncle Bobby and to Mommy. And obviously, she was upset about that.” Caroline was amazed at some of the things that came from this era of politics, as she goes on to say, “It shows you the poisonous … activities of J. Edgar Hoover,” according to the website Euroweb.

Jacqueline also revealed information about her husband’s thoughts on Vice President Lyndon Johnson. She talks about John F. Kennedy saying that Johnson would not make a good president.

These tapes from the former First Lady reveal so much more than she intended them to reveal when she first embarked on doing these series of interviews. They give the people of today, a window into the politics of the 1960’s and how powerful people formed many of the opinions for society during this time in history.

Although politics is still a gutter of mud-slinging at times today, it doesn’t seem as cruel and blatantly evil as it was at times during this era, or at least most people would like to think it isn't.

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