Jackie Kennedy Martin Luther King
September 11, 2011 by USA Post
Jackie Kennedy Martin Luther King, Jacqueline Kennedy expressed her disdain for Martin Luther King Jr. in the newly released recordings – saying he could not see a picture of him, “without thinking man’s terrible…” – but later came to admire the civil rights leader.
Kennedy called King a “fake” and “difficult” during the hours of chatty, never before revealed in interviews with the historian Arthur Schlesinger that tape.
The interviews took place in 1963, shortly after Kennedy had been assassinated.
The former first lady said on the tapes that the king had made disparaging remarks about her husband’s funeral and the cardinal celebrated Mass at the event, according to a report on the tapes from the Associated Press.
“He made fun of Cardinal Cushing and said he was intoxicated when [the funeral],” said Kennedy. “And the things that almost dropped on the coffin. I can not see a picture of Martin Luther King, without thinking, you know, that man is terrible,” said Kennedy in a book recently published transcripts of tapes of Kennedy.
According to ABC, which has obtained the audio tapes and hosts a two-hour special Jackie Kennedy September 13, the former first lady said that the king had ordered an “orgy in the hotel,” while in town for the March on Washington in August 1963.
Kennedy said her husband; President John F. Kennedy had urged not to make judgments about it.
“When asked what he thought of Martin Luther King in general … I admired him tremendously,” said Caroline Kennedy Diane Sawyer of ABC.
“Obviously, J. Edgar Hoover had been something that Martin Luther King said about my father’s funeral, Uncle Bobby and mother. And, of course, was upset by that,” said Caroline Kennedy. “This shows the poisonous … activities of J. Edgar Hoover.”
Jacqueline Kennedy made friends with the king and her family and attended the funeral of civil rights leader in 1968.
In the tapes, Jacqueline Kennedy also says that the president was eager to dump FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover.
In interviews, former first lady said her husband openly ridiculed the idea of?? Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson would succeed as president.
“Jack said to me sometimes. He said, ‘Oh, God, you can always imagine what would happen to the country if President Lyndon?” “He said, according to AP. “And Bobby told me he had had some conversations with him … do something to appoint another person in 1968.”
Johnson became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy was elected to a full term in 1964. He decided not to seek reelection in 1968.
The Daily Mail reported last month that he believed that Vice President Johnson was behind the murder of her husband. ABC said then that the Daily Mail’s report was inaccurate
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