[Marxism] The Donald's Role Model

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
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 
of legend.

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
    dissuade her.


    *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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