[Marxism] The Donald's Role Model
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Tue Oct 11 09:57:18 MDT 2016
Way enough hokum already, but before we get back to substance:
According to Robert P. Watson, a historian who has researched the sexual
indiscretions of U.S. Presidents, at least seven of them—ranging from
Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton—have had affairs both before and during
their terms of office. But John F. Kennedy, whose dalliances with scores
of women, including movie goddess Marilyn Monroe, have become the stuff
Kennedy biographer Robert Dallek describes JFK as a "compulsive
womanizer" whose insatiable urge for sexual conquests was fueled by a
complex array of personal traumas—his own father's conspicuous adultery,
a difficult relationship with his mother, anxiety about his own health
problems and his brush with death during World War II, and the deaths at
a young age of his siblings Joe Jr. and Kathleen. "Kennedy himself, who
could not explain his need for sex with so many women, probably
rationalized his behavior as a diversion comparable with what British
aristocrats did, or with the golf, sailing and fishing presidents
traditionally used to ease tensions," Dallek wrote.
"Jack liked girls," his friend, Florida Sen. George Smathers, told
Dallek. "...He was a great chaser."
Kennedy's amorous proclivities began long before he reached the Oval
Office. According to Kennedy biographers Michael Meagher and Larry D.
Gragg, the future president was sexually promiscuous dating back to his
high school days at Choate, and during World War II, had an affair with
Inga Arvad, a woman that the FBI had under surveillance because they
believed she might be a German spy.
As a still-single Massachusetts Congressman in the 1940s and early
1950s, he indulged himself with what his friend, New Jersey Congressman
Frank Thompson, Jr., called a "smorgasbord of women." According to
biographers Meagher and Gragg, Kennedy's lovers were prominent,
accomplished women, as well as strippers, airline stewardesses, and
secretaries. As a lover, Kennedy reportedly was more interested in
quantity than anything else. According to Dallek, one woman described
him as "nice—considerate in his own way, witty and fun. But he gave off
light instead of heat. Sex was something to have done, not to be doing.
He wasn't in it for the cuddling."
But even after Kennedy married the strikingly beautiful, elegant
Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, the same year he was elected to the U.S.
Senate, he continued to pursue extramarital relationships—despite the
risk of scandal that might have crippled his Presidency.
In the years since his death, rumors of numerous JFK affairs have
bubbled to the surface. Here are three of the most attention-getting.
*Marilyn Monroe:*By Monroe biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli's
account, the glamorous actress first caught Kennedy's eye when she
made a spectacular entrance at a dinner party held in his honor at a
hotel in New York in February 1962. Actress Arlen Dahl, who was at
the event, recalled that "The President turned around and you could
see that he was immediately attracted to her. 'Finally! You're
here,' he said, with a big smile." The two supposedly rendezvoused
in Palm Springs in late March. JFK friend Smathers believed that
Monroe regarded her relationship with Kennedy as much more serious
that it actually was. "It wasn't a big thing as far as he was
concerned," Smathers explained, according to Monroe biographer
Barbara Leaming. To JFK, Monroe was "like a lot of the pretty girls
who had fallen very much in love with the Kennedys, just by being
around with him a little bit." Monroe's famously sexy rendition of
"Happy Birthday" to the President at a May 1962 fundraising event in
Madison Square Garden, which triggered gossip about the two having
an affair, prompted Kennedy to back away from Monroe, according to
Leaming. The movie star wouldn't take no for an answer, though, and
reportedly called the White House numerous times in an effort to
rekindle their affair, until the President finally sent a friend to
*Mimi Alford:*In the summer of 1962, Alford, then 19 and a student
at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, was just a few days into a
college internship at the White House when, by her account in a 2012
interview with NBC News, she and two other female staffers—nicknamed
"Fiddle and Faddle" by coworkers—went for a lunchtime swim in the
White House pool. To her surprise, the President joined them. A few
hours later, she said, she received an invitation to the White House
residence, where, according to Alford JFK guided her into Jackie
Kennedy’s bedroom and deflowered her. Other trysts supposedly
followed, both at the White House and in hotels when the President
traveled. Even after returning to college in the fall, she
occasionally returned to Washington to see Kennedy, and waited up
for JFK the tense night before the Cuban missile crisis was resolved.
*Judith Campbell Exner:*The Los Angeles socialite, who had
previously dated Frank Sinatra, began her affair with Kennedy during
his 1960 Presidential campaign, according to her 1999/Los Angeles
Times/obituary. Exner and Kennedy continued their relationship
during his term of office. During that time Campbell Exner claimed
to have served as a courier for the President, taking mysterious
envelopes to mobsters Sam Giancana—with whom she later also had an
affair—and Johnny Rosselli. In 1963, at her final encounter with
Kennedy, she became pregnant and later had an abortion, by her
account. In 1975, her relationship with Kennedy became public when
she was called to testify by a Senate committee investigating
alleged CIA plots to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
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