Transcript: Jackie Kennedy | May 03, 2021

A CNN original series.

Fast clips show images of Jackie Kennedy being escorted to a gala in the snow.

A caption reads "January 19, 1961. Evening before the inauguration."

Barbara is in her fifties, with above the shoulder, slightly wavy blond hair and wears a black turtleneck sweater, a red blazer and a pearl jacket.

She says IT'S SNOWING...
AND THERE'S THIS
ETHEREAL FEELING,
BECAUSE SHE'S DRESSED
IN THIS BEAUTIFUL WHITE GOWN
AND THEY JUST SEEM
TO BE STEPPING
INTO A FAIRY TALE.
AND JACK KENNEDY SAYS TO THE DRIVER
"TURN ON THE INTERIOR LIGHTS,"
SO PEOPLE CAN SEE THEM
AS THEY GO BY.
AND HE ASKS HIS WIFE
TO SIT FORWARD,
BECAUSE SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
HAVING THE PRESIDENT FROM
THAT VERY MOMENT
PLACE HER IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TELLS US
WHAT THE PRESIDENCY
IS GOING TO BE LIKE
AND HOW MRS. KENNEDY WILL BE
AT THE CENTER OF IT.

A series of picture of American first ladies appear as the theme music plays.

The name of the show reads "First Ladies: Jackie Kennedy. Narrated by Robin Wright."

[BAND PLAYING
"HAIL TO THE CHIEF"]

The narrator says INAUGURATION DAY,
1961.
AMERICA WELCOMES A YOUNG
AND GLAMOROUS PRESIDENT
AND FIRST LADY
TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

Barbara says DWIGHT EISENHOWER WAS 70,
AND HERE CAME KENNEDY
WHO WAS 43,
AND MRS. KENNEDY'S 31.

Evan is in his sixties, with short straight white hair and wears glasses, a gray suit, pale blue shirt, and red tie.

Evan says THE KENNEDYS
KNEW HOW TO TURN THEIR YOUTH
INTO SOMETHING DEEPER
AND MORE SYMBOLIC OF AMERICA
ENTERING AN AGE OF RENEWAL
WITH A NEW GENERATION
THAT WAS GOING
TO CONQUER THE WORLD.

A caption reads to "Kati Marton. Author and Journalist."

Kati is in her sixties, with short straight light brown hair and wears black trousers, an eggshell white blouse and a turquoise blazer.

She says JACKIE WAS THE EPITOME OF STYLE
AND GLAMOUR.
THIS WAS GOING TO BE
A WHITE HOUSE
OF UNPRECEDENTED ELEGANCE.
AND THE COUNTRY LOVED IT.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Daughter of Robert Kennedy."

Kathleen is in her sixties, with short straight brown hair with side swept bangs and wears a black top, a blue jacket, and a statement necklace.

Kathleen says GOING TO
THE INAUGURATION WAS AMAZING.
THIS WAS NEW AND ENERGETIC.
THIS WAS, IN FACT,
THE NEW FRONTIER.

The narrator says JACKIE LATER RECALLED
HER MEMORIES
OF THAT MOMENTOUS DAY.

Jackie says EVERYONE SAYS,
WHY DIDN'T JACK KISS YOU AFTER,
WHICH, OF COURSE,
HE WOULD NEVER DO THERE.
BUT YOU HAD TO MARCH OUT
IN SUCH ORDER.
AND I SO BADLY WANTED
TO SEE HIM ALONE.

Barbara says SHE'S WORRIED
ABOUT BEING SEPARATED
FROM HER HUSBAND
AS HE STARTS THIS NEW ROLE
AS LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD.
SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WOULD DO
TO HER MARRIAGE
AND SHE CAN'T QUITE GET TO HIM.

Jackie says AND I CAUGHT UP TO HIM
IN THE CAPITOL
AND HE'S JUST LOOKING AT ME
AND THERE REALLY WERE TEARS
IN HIS EYES...
I MEAN, THAT WAS SO MUCH
MORE EMOTIONAL THAN ANY KISS.
JUST SAY, "OH, JACK,"
YOU KNOW, "WHAT A DAY!"

The narrator says THE KENNEDYS HAD
ALWAYS RECOGNIZED
JACKIE'S VALUE.

Kathleen says SHE WAS MUCH
MORE ELEGANT, TO PUT IT MILDLY,
THAN MY FAMILY,
THE KENNEDY FAMILY,
WHO WAS KNOWN PRIMARILY
FOR FOOTBALL AND SAILING.
JACKIE HAD A REALLY GOOD
SENSE OF TASTE AND ELEGANCE.

The caption changes to "Sally Bedell Smith. Biographer."

Sally is in her seventies, with short wavy brown hair and wears a white sweater, a pink jacket and a pearl necklace.

Sally says JACKIE HAD
A VERY PRIVILEGED CHILDHOOD.
SHE HAD EVERY ADVANTAGE
IN TERMS OF HER EDUCATION.
SHE WENT TO MS. PORTERS,
SHE WENT TO VASSAR.

Evan says JACKIE KENNEDY
WAS THE PERFECT PRIZE
OF THE WASP ESTABLISHMENT.
SHE ALSO KNEW
THAT THE KENNEDY FAMILY
WAS USING HER.
SHE ONCE SAID THE FAMILY
TREATS ME LIKE A THING.
LIKE AN ASSET.
LIKE RHODE ISLAND.
EVEN HER OWN
WEDDING WAS A POLITICAL EVENT.

A clip of the wedding rolls with a caption that reads "September 12, 1953. Newport, Rhode Island."

A reporter says FOR THE SPECTATORS
OUTSIDE THE CHURCH,
IT'S A REAL STORYBOOK WEDDING.
THE TOP SOCIETY
WEDDING OF THE YEAR.

Evan says THERE'S GLAMOUR
ON THE OUTSIDE
AND HEARTACHE ON THE INSIDE.
JACKIE'S OWN FATHER
GETS SO DRUNK...
BEFORE THE WEDDING THAT HE
CAN'T MAKE IT UP THE AISLE.

Barbara says JACQUELINE KENNEDY HAD
A FATHER SHE ADORED,
JOHN BOUVIER,
BUT HE HAD MANY FLAWS.
HE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC.
HE WAS A GAMBLER.
HE WAS A WOMANIZER.

The narrator says AFTER DIVORCING JOHN BOUVIER,
JACKIE'S MOTHER, JANET,
MARRIED STANDARD OIL HEIR,
HUGH AUCHINCLOSS.

The caption changes to "Kate Andersen Brower. Author of First Women."

Kate is in her forties, with long slightly wavy brown hair and wears a white sweater and a blue pantsuit.

She says JANET REALLY HITS
THE GOLDMINE THERE,
BECAUSE HE'S INCREDIBLY WEALTHY,
AND SHE DRILLS
INTO JACKIE'S MIND
THAT YOU NEED TO MARRY
A WEALTHY MAN.
YOU NEED TO HAVE THAT SECURITY.

A clip from the first dance at the wedding rolls.

A reporter says WITH A PRETTY WIFE
AND A POLITICALLY RISING STAR,
THE FUTURE SEEMS BRIGHT
FOR THE JUNIOR SENATOR
FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

Evan says THERE WERE
1,200 PEOPLE AT THE RECEPTION.
JACKIE SAID SHE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW
THE GUESTS AT HER OWN WEDDING.

Kate says TO BE AT YOUR WEDDING
AND TO HAVE TO MEET HUNDREDS
OF PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T KNOW,
I THINK, SAYS A LOT
ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

Barbara says JACK AND JACKIE
KENNEDY REMAIN TO THIS DAY
THE ONLY FIRST COUPLE TO HAVE
A BABY, JOHN F. KENNEDY JR.,
BETWEEN THE ELECTION
OF THE PRESIDENT
AND THE INAUGURATION.
SHE HAD
A CAESAREAN SECTION BIRTH.
SHE SUFFERED A TERRIBLE LOSS
OF BLOOD
AND BABY JOHN JR., PREMATURE,
HAD A LUNG AILMENT
WHEN HE WAS BORN.

Sally says THAT DAY,
SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY EXHAUSTED.
YOU SEE THEM ON THE PLATFORM
AND SHE'S THERE...
AND THEN, SUDDENLY,
SHE'S VANISHED.
SHE SIMPLY, PHYSICALLY,
COULDN'T KEEP UP.
THAT WAS WHEN SHE WENT BACK
INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.

Barbara says SHE DIDN'T KNOW,
HOW AM I GOING TO BE ABLE
TO GO OFF TO FIVE DIFFERENT
INAUGURAL BALLS.
SHE HAD TO ABSENT HERSELF
AND GO,
AND IT'S NOT TOO STRONG
TO SAY, COLLAPSE
IN HER NEW HOME,
THE WHITE HOUSE.

Jackie says I WAS REALLY
SO TIRED THAT DAY...
AND THAT NIGHT I WAS JUST
LAID OUT IN THE QUEEN'S BED.
I JUST COULDN'T MOVE.

Barbara says SHE CALLS
FOR THE PRESIDENT'S PHYSICIAN,
DR. JANET TRAVELL,
WHO COMES IN WITH TWO PILLS.

Jackie says SHE HAD TWO PILLS,
A GREEN ONE
AND AN ORANGE ONE,
AND SHE TOLD ME
TO TAKE THE ORANGE ONE,
SO I DID
AND I SAID WHAT IS IT?
AND SHE TOLD ME
IT WAS DEXEDRINE,
WHICH I'D NEVER TAKEN
IN MY LIFE.

Barbara says IT TURNS OUT
THAT'S AN AMPHETAMINE OR SPEED,
WHICH IS, OBVIOUSLY, TO REV UP
THE MOTOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL.
AND MRS. KENNEDY SAID IT DID.
IT ALLOWED HER TO GET OUT
OF BED, GET DRESSED,
AND LOOK HER MOST BEAUTIFUL.

The narrator says JACKIE REJOINS HER HUSBAND
FOR THE FIRST INAUGURAL BALL.

Evan says ON THIS GREATEST
OF ALL DAYS, HIGH ON DEXEDRINE,
THIS YOUNG QUEEN GOES FORTH
INTO THE NIGHT.
JACKIE KENNEDY KNEW
HOW TO PUT ON A SHOW.

Barbara says HERE WAS
THIS STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL
31-YEAR-OLD WOMAN...
PLAYING THIS NEW ROLE
OF A GORGEOUS FIRST LADY
OF THE UNITED STATES.
AND IF WE DIDN'T KNOW
THE SO-CALLED BACK-STORY,
WE WOULD THINK THERE WAS
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG.

Sally says SHE GOT
THROUGH IT AS FAR
AS THE DEXEDRINE WOULD TAKE HER
BUT SHE COULDN'T GET
THROUGH THE WHOLE EVENING.

Jackie says IT WAS LIKE CINDERELLA
AND THE CLOCK STRIKING MIDNIGHT.
I GUESS THAT PILL WORE OFF.
SO, JACK SAID,
"YOU GO HOME NOW."

Barbara says HE CARRIED ON
TO THREE MORE INAUGURAL BALLS
AND VARIOUS PARTIES,
WHERE HE WAS SEEN WITH WOMEN,
NOT HIS WIFE,
AND CARRIES ON WITHOUT HER.

Kati says IT WAS NEVER GOING
TO BE SMOOTH SAILING
BETWEEN THEM
BECAUSE THEY WERE TWO
FIERCELY INDEPENDENT PEOPLE.
BUT THIS INDEPENDENCE
WAS THE SECRET
OF SURVIVING BEING MARRIED
TO JACK KENNEDY.

At an interview, the reporter says WHAT ABOUT YOUR ROLE
AS A MOTHER AND WIFE?
CAN ONE HAVE A ROLE
AS FIRST LADY?

Jackie says YES, I THINK IT DOESN'T MATTER
WHAT ELSE YOU DO
IF YOU DON'T DO THAT PART WELL.
IF YOU FAIL YOUR HUSBAND
AND YOUR CHILDREN.

Kate says THE KENNEDYS HAD
A TWO-MONTH-OLD SON,
A THREE-YEAR-OLD VERY BOISTEROUS
FUN-LOVING DAUGHTER, CAROLINE.

The caption changes to "Martha Bartlett, Godmother to John F. Kennedy Junior."

Martha is in her eighties, with short wavy white hair and wears a black jacket and pearl earrings.

She says JACKIE WAS A GOOD MOTHER.
SHE WAS EXCELLENT WITH THEM
IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
AND THEY HAD A LOT OF FUN.
I THINK SHE DID EVERYTHING
SHE COULD TO NORMALIZE IT.
At the interview, the reporter says DO YOU REALLY HOPE
TO KEEP A PRIVATE LIFE
FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

Jackie says WELL, I HOPE IT IS,
AND I'M GOING TO TRY
VERY HARD TO DO THAT...
BECAUSE, OTHERWISE, HOW CAN
I BRING UP NORMAL CHILDREN?

Barbara says PRESIDENT
KENNEDY KNEW THE ASSET
OF HAVING
A PHOTOGENIC FAMILY
BECAUSE HE HAD COME FROM ONE.
AND HE KNEW THOSE TWO CHILDREN
WERE BEAUTIFUL AND BEGUILING.

Kate says WHEN JACKIE WAS OUT OF TOWN
WITH CAROLINE,
PRESIDENT KENNEDY ASKED,
"IS THERE ANYONE HERE
FROM LOOK MAGAZINE?"
AND THERE'S
THIS ICONIC PHOTOGRAPH
OF JOHN KENNEDY JR.
PEEKING OUT
FROM UNDERNEATH
THE RESOLUTE DESK
IN THE OVAL OFFICE.
THE PRESIDENT SAID HE KNEW
SHE WOULD BE ANGRY,
"I WILL TAKE THE BRUNT OF IT."
AND JACKIE CAME BACK
AND WAS FURIOUS.

Kathleen says JACK CAME
FROM A POLITICAL FAMILY.
THEY WERE ACCUSTOMED
TO SHARING THEIR LIVES.
AND JACKIE DIDN'T THINK
THAT WAS HELPFUL FOR A CHILD
TO BE EXPOSED AT THE AGE
OF THREE TO MASS MEDIA.
SO, THEY DIDN'T
ALWAYS AGREE ABOUT THAT.

The narrator says JACKIE HAS HER OWN IDEAS
ON HOW TO MAKE HER MARK
AS FIRST LADY.

At the interview, the reporter says WHAT DO YOU
THINK HAS TO BE DONE
TO THE WHITE HOUSE?

Jackie says THERE'S VERY LITTLE
ANTIQUE FURNITURE HERE NOW
AND THE THING I CARE ABOUT MOST
IS TO MAKE IT MORE OF A MUSEUM.

Barbara says MRS. KENNEDY
IS VERY UPSET
AT WHAT SHE SEES
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
WHEN SHE ARRIVES.
IT LOOKED LIKE THE FURNISHINGS
HAD COME
FROM A STATLER HOTEL, SHE SAID.

Kathleen says SHE
UNDERSTOOD THAT THE WHITE HOUSE
SHOULD REPRESENT THE HISTORY
THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE THERE.

The narrator says JACKIE HAS GRAND PLANS
TO TRANSFORM THE WHITE HOUSE.
BUT SHE IMMEDIATELY
FACES OPPOSITION.

Kathleen says EVERYBODY ON PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S
STAFF SAID NO.
"YOU DON'T KNOW
WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
HOW DARE YOU TOUCH
THE WHITE HOUSE."
SHE'S 31 YEARS OLD.
SHE STANDS UP TO ALL
THE PRESIDENT'S ADVISERS
AND SAYS, "I'M GOING AHEAD."

The narrator says JACKIE RAISES MONEY
TO BUY BACK FURNITURE
BELONGING TO PAST PRESIDENTS...
AND PERSUADES COLLECTORS
TO DONATE ANTIQUES.
SHE WELCOMES A FILM CREW
INTO THE PRIVATE QUARTERS
FOR THE FIRST TIME.

An interviewer says MRS. KENNEDY,
I WANT TO THANK YOU
FOR LETTING US TO VISIT
YOUR OFFICIAL HOME.
THIS IS THE OBVIOUSLY THE ROOM
FROM WHICH MUCH OF YOUR WORK ON
IT IS DIRECTED.

Jackie says YES, IT'S ATTIC AND CELLAR
ALL IN ONE.

Sally says THIS WAS PROBABLY
HER MOST IMPORTANT PERFORMANCE
DURING HER WHOLE TIME
AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
AND SHE WAS TENSE.
SHE WAS VERY, VERY NERVOUS.
EVERY TIME THEY HAD A BREAK
SHE WOULD SMOKE LIKE A CHIMNEY.
SHE HAD SOME BROWN LIQUOR
WITH HER.
AND SHE INVARIABLY DROPPED
THE ASHES
ON THIS BEAUTIFUL SILK SETTEE,
YOU KNOW?

Jackie says SO EXCITED
TO SEE THINGS GROW EVERY DAY.

The narrator says AT THE END OF THE DAY,
THE PRODUCER SHOWS THE KENNEDYS
WHAT THEY HAD FILMED.

Sally says HE SAID THAT
WHEN HE LOOKED OVER AT JACK,
HIS ADMIRATION AND PRIDE
WAS UNMISTAKABLE.

Jackie says I THINK THAT
EVERYTHING IN THE WHITE HOUSE
SHOULD BE THE BEST.

Clips show Jackie giving a tour of the restored White House.

The caption changes to "February 14, 1962. CBS television broadcast."

Charles Collingwood says FOR THE NEXT HOUR,
MRS. JOHN F. KENNEDY INVITES YOU
TO VISIT THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE
AND SEE SOME OF THE RESTORATION
SHE'S MADE IN ITS INTERIORS.

The narrator says A RECORD 80 MILLION
VIEWERS WATCH JACKIE'S TOUR.
DONATIONS TO HER
RESTORATION PROJECT FLOOD IN.

Charles says ARE ALL
THE PIECES FROM LINCOLN'S TIME?

Jackie says YES, THEY ARE.
THE MOST FAMOUS ONE IS,
OF COURSE, THE LINCOLN BED.
EVERY PRESIDENT
SEEMED TO LOVE IT.

Sally says IT GOT RAVE REVIEWS.
THERE WERE GOVERNORS' WIVES
ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
WHO WERE SAYING
WE HAVE TO DO THIS
WITH THE GOVERNORS' MANSION.

Jackie says IT WAS BOUGHT
BY MRS. LINCOLN.
SHE MADE HER HUSBAND
RATHER CROSS,
BECAUSE SHE SPENT
TOO MUCH MONEY.

Sally says PEOPLE TENDED
TO UNDERESTIMATE
HER INTELLIGENCE,
WHICH WAS CONSIDERABLE.
THE WHOLE HISTORIC PRESERVATION
MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY
OWES A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE
TO HER.

The caption changes to "April, 1961."

A black and white clip shows images of a plane bombarding Cuba.

A reporter says THE ASSAULT HAS BEGUN
ON THE DICTATORSHIP
OF FIDEL CASTRO.

The narrator says THREE MONTHS IN THE PRESIDENCY,
THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION
SUFFERS
THEIR FIRST MAJOR SETBACK.
THE CIA-BACKED INVASION
OF CUBA ENDS IN DISASTER.

Kati says REALITY REALLY BIT
BOTH KENNEDYS.
IT WAS A HUMILIATION.
KENNEDY HAD BEEN TOO INFLUENCED
BY ADVISORS.

Jackie says HE CAME BACK
OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE,
TO HIS BEDROOM
AND HE STARTED TO CRY,
JUST WITH ME.
JUST PUT HIS HEAD IN HIS HANDS,
SORT OF WEPT.

Kati says IT BROUGHT HOME TO HIM
THAT HE HAD TO BE
MORE SELF-RELIANT
AND MORE RELIANT ON HIS PARTNER.
AS JACKIE SAID,
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
THE ONLY TWO PEOPLE
YOU REALLY HAVE ARE EACH OTHER.

The caption changes to "May 21, 1961. Paris, France."

A reporter says PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY'S DEBUT
ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE
GETS OFF TO A START IN FRANCE
WHERE THE PRESIDENT
IS GREETED FORMALLY
BY PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE.

The narrator says FOUR MONTHS
INTO THE PRESIDENCY
AND REELING
FROM THE BAY OF PIGS FIASCO,
THE KENNEDYS EMBARK
ON A EUROPEAN TOUR.

Evan says THE COLD WAR
IS APPROACHING
A DANGEROUS POINT.
PRESIDENT KENNEDY NEEDS ALLIES
BUT CHARLES DE GAULLE
IS FAMOUSLY COLD AND AUSTERE.

The reporter says THE CROWD'S ESTIMATED
AS HIGH AS TWO MILLION
LINE THE ROUTE
TO CHEER THE PRESIDENT.

The narrator says BUT ALL EYES ARE ON JACKIE.

Jackie sits with a French television interviewer.

[JACKIE KENNEDY IN FRENCH]

Jackie speaks French and says "I'm of French extraction. My family came to America in the 18th century."

The interviewer says "But you speak French perfectly!"

Barbara says PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING
"VIVE JACQUELINE!
VIVE JACQUELINE!"
BOTH PRESIDENT AND
MRS. KENNEDY ARE TAKEN ABACK
BY HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE.

Sally says JACKIE
WAS BRED IN THE BONE
AS A FRANCOPHILE.
SHE LOVED AMERICA, BUT SHE HAD
A REAL FASCINATION WITH FRANCE.
[JACKIE KENNEDY IN FRENCH]

Jackie says "I spent a year in Paris at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre. I studied Comparative Literature and Political Science."

Kati says IT WAS A PARTICULAR TRIUMPH...
TO BE AS ELEGANT AS SHE WAS
IN THE LAND
THAT IN EFFECT
INVENTED ELEGANCE.

Evan says IMAGINE WHAT IT'S LIKE
TO TRY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION
WITH THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE.
YOU CAN'T BE TALKING
ABOUT PARIS FASHION.
THEY'RE TALKING
ABOUT FRENCH HISTORY.
DE GAULLE SAYS THAT SHE KNOWS MORE HISTORY
THAN MOST FRENCH WOMEN.
SHE MORE THAN HOLDS HER OWN.

John F. Kennedy says I DO NOT THINK
IT ALTOGETHER INAPPROPRIATE
TO INTRODUCE MYSELF.
I AM THE MAN WHO ACCOMPANIED
JACQUELINE KENNEDY TO PARIS!

The audience laughs.

John says AND I'VE ENJOYED IT.
[APPLAUSE]

Kati says IN THE EYES
OF HER HUSBAND,
SHE NOW WAS A MAJOR ASSET
IN DIPLOMACY,
MAKING INROADS IN AREAS
WHERE HE WAS NOT DOING
THAT WELL.

The narrator says AFTER PARIS,
KENNEDY FACES
HIS FIRST SUPERPOWER SUMMIT
WITH SOVIET LEADER,
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV.

The caption changes to "June 4, 1961. Vienna, Austria."

A reporter says THE WORLD LOOKED
TO VIENNA
AS THE PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES ARRIVED.

Barbara says KENNEDY THOUGHT
HE COULD GET THROUGH THAT SUMMIT
BY VIRTUE OF HIS KNOWLEDGE,
WHICH WAS EXPANSIVE.

The reporter says PRESIDENT KENNEDY
EXPRESSED AMERICA'S DESIRE
FOR EFFECTIVE
NUCLEAR TEST CONTROLS
AND A DISARMAMENT AGREEMENT.

Barbara says BUT KHRUSHCHEV
DID NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN.
IN FACT, HE BULLIED KENNEDY.

The narrator says ONCE AGAIN,
IT'S JACKIE WHO BREAKS THE ICE.

Barbara says WHEN KHRUSHCHEV
SEES HER, HIS FACE LIGHTS UP.
IT IS DESCRIBED IN THE PRESS
AS LOOKING LIKE
A RUSSIAN SCHOOLBOY
ON THE BANKS OF THE VOLGA RIVER
WHEN THE SNOW MELTS
IN SPRINGTIME,
AND HE IS DOING
EVERYTHING POSSIBLE
TO IMPRESS MRS. KENNEDY
INCLUDING TELLING HER
HOW MANY TRACTORS ARE MADE
IN SOVIET FACTORIES
AND SHE FAMOUSLY SAYS IN HER BREATHY VOICE,
"OH, MR. CHAIRMAN,
DON'T BORE ME WITH STATISTICS."
AND HE JUST ROARED
WITH LAUGHTER,
BECAUSE NOBODY TELLS THE HEAD
OF THE SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLIC
"DON'T BOTHER ME
WITH STATISTICS."
BUT LOVED HER SHARP WIT.
JACKIE'S IMPACT ON
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV, AT A MINIMUM,
DIVERTED ATTENTION
FROM A SUPERPOWER SUMMIT
THAT KENNEDY DESCRIBED LATER
AS "THE TOUGHEST THING
I'VE EVER BEEN THROUGH."

A newspaper article appears with a headline that reads "Nikita homes in on Jackie."

Another headline reads "Smitten Khrushchev is Jackie's happy escort."

The narrator says JACKIE SUCCEEDS
IN BOLSTERING
HER HUSBAND'S PRESIDENCY.
BUT HIS LOYALTY TO HER
HAS ITS LIMITS.

The caption changes to "Marie Ridder. Friend of the Kennedys."

Marie is in her eighties, with short slightly wavy brown hair and wears a turtleneck sweater, a blue velvet jacket and pearl earrings.

She says I SAID,
"WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO
ABOUT ALL YOUR AFFAIRS, JACK?"
AND HE SAID, "WELL, YOU KNOW,
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
IT SHOULD BE EASIER.
THE SECRET SERVICE
WILL PROTECT ME."
AND HE WAS RIGHT,
THE SECRET SERVICE
DID PROTECT HIM.

Evan says JACKIE KENNEDY
WAS WELL AWARE
OF HER HUSBAND'S INFIDELITIES.
HOW COULD SHE MISS?
HER OWN SECRETARY, PAM TURNURE,
WAS SLEEPING WITH THE PRESIDENT,
ALONG WITH A LOT OF OTHER WOMEN
WHO WORKED AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
JACKIE WAS NO FOOL.
THEY WERE ALL AROUND HER.

Marie says I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT
JACKIE REALLY LOVED JACK,
REALLY LOVED JACK,
AND WAS ALWAYS TRYING
TO GET HIM...
TO BE FAITHFUL TO HER.

The narrator says DURING A FAMILY FOOTBALL GAME
AT BOBBY KENNEDY'S HOME,
JACKIE SPRAINS HER ANKLE.
SHE IS TENDED TO
BY BOBBY'S FRIEND
AND NEIGHBOR,
DR FRANK FINNERTY.

Sally says THE WAY
HE PROJECTED COMPASSION
AND WARMTH CLICKED WITH HER.
AND SHE SAID, "DO YOU THINK
I COULD CALL YOU
FROM TIME TO TIME."
[CHUCKLES] AND HE SAID,
"WELL, YES, OF COURSE."

The narrator says FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS,
JACKIE CALLS DR. FINNERTY
TWICE A WEEK.

Sally says SHE SAID, "I'M NOT NAIVE.
I KNOW THAT HE'S HAVING
A LOT OF AFFAIRS."
SHE ALLEGED THAT HE WAS HAVING
AN AFFAIR WITH MARILYN MONROE,
AND SHE SAID
THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER.
SHE SOMEHOW FELT INADEQUATE.
IT WAS HIS ROLE TO REASSURE HER
THAT IT WAS NOT HER FAULT.
AND AT THE SAME TIME,
HE ACTUALLY GAVE HER
A KIND OF
SET OF TALKING POINTS...
ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE
THEIR SEX LIFE.
AND SHE SAID
IT HAD ACTUALLY IMPROVED...
BUT HE WAS STILL WOMANIZING.

The caption changes to "1951. Washington, D.C."

The narrator says JACKIE WAS WORKING
AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST
FOR THE WASHINGTON TIMES-HERALD
WHEN SHE WAS INTRODUCED
TO JACK KENNEDY
THROUGH MUTUAL FRIENDS.

Martha says I THINK WE JUST
AUTOMATICALLY THOUGHT
THEY'D BE GOOD FOR EACH OTHER.
HE WAS FUN.
HE WAS VERY GOOD LOOKING,
AND SHE WAS INTELLIGENT
AND FUN TO BE WITH.

Evan says JACKIE KENNEDY
TOOK ONE LOOK AT JACK
AND SAW THE MAIN CHANCE.

The narrator says BUT WHEN JACK PROPOSED
JACKIE AGONIZED FOR FOUR WEEKS
BEFORE ACCEPTING.

Sally says SHE COULD SEE
THE PROSPECT OF ADVENTURE,
BUT SHE COULD ALSO SENSE DANGER.
SHE KNEW THAT HE HAD
THE CAPACITY TO BE UNFAITHFUL...
BUT SHE DECIDED
THAT LIFE WITH HIM...
WAS WORTH IT,
AND THAT SHE LOVED HIM.
SHE WAS BEING INTERVIEWED
THREE YEARS INTO THEIR MARRIAGE,
WHICH WAS REALLY
WHEN THEIR RELATIONSHIP
SORT OF HIT ROCK BOTTOM.

At a televised interview, the interviewer says YOU'RE PRETTY MUCH
IN LOVE WITH HIM, AREN'T YOU?

Jackie chuckles and says OH, NO.

Evan says JACKIE KENNEDY KNEW
THAT JACK HAD BEEN
A PLAYBOY,
BUT SHE HAD NOT BANKED
UPON THE SHEER SCALE
OF HIS INFIDELITY.

Jackie says I SAID NO, DIDN'T I?

The interviewer says YES, YOU DID.
DO YOU WANT TO DO IT AGAIN?

Jackie laughs.

Sally says SHE COULDN'T SAY ANYTHING
OTHER THAN AN HONEST REACTION
IN THAT MOMENT.

The interviewer says YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH
IN LOVE WITH HIM, AREN'T YOU?

Jackie says I SUPPOSE SO.

The narrator says BY 1958,
JACKIE HAD HAD ENOUGH
OF HER HUSBAND'S INFIDELITIES.
WHILE JACK WAS AWAY CAMPAIGNING,
SHE CONFIDED IN HER FRIEND,
WALTER RIDDER.

Marie says JACKIE SAID,
"HE'S SO BADLY BEHAVED.
HE'S AWAY AGAIN.
GOD KNOWS WHO HE'S WITH.
I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.
I THINK I HAVE TO DIVORCE HIM."
AND MY HUSBAND SAID,
"JACKIE, THINK ABOUT THIS.
YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE
ON YOUR CONSCIENCE
THAT YOU PREVENTED HIM
FROM BECOMING PRESIDENT."

Sally says BY DIVORCING HIM,
SHE WOULD HAVE ENDED
HIS POLITICAL CAREER.
BUT BY STAYING WITH HIM,
THERE WOULD BE A TRADE-OFF,
GIVING HER THE LATITUDE,
IF HE BECAME PRESIDENT,
TO DO WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO.

The caption changes to "May 19, 1962. Madison Square Garden, New York."

An announcer says MR. PRESIDENT,
THE LATE MARILYN MONROE.

Marilyn sings HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

The narrator says AT JACK'S
45TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION,
JACKIE IS NOTABLY ABSENT.

Marilyn sings HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
MR. PRESIDENT

Kate says ONE REPORTER SAID
THAT IT WAS MAKING LOVE
TO THE PRESIDENT
IN FRONT OF 40 MILLION PEOPLE.
AND THIS WAS A REALLY
EMBARRASSING MOMENT FOR JACKIE.

Marilyn says EVERYBODY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Barbara says TO THE EXTENT
THAT SHE KNEW
ABOUT HER HUSBAND'S WOMANIZING,
SHE HAD TWO CHOICES:
SHE COULD STAY AND KNOW
THAT IT WAS GOING ON AROUND HER,
OR SHE COULD GET AWAY FROM IT.
AND SOMETIMES,
I THINK SHE CHOSE THE LATTER.
AND YET,
WHAT A TERRIBLE PARADOX,
BECAUSE TO LEAVE
GAVE PRESIDENT KENNEDY
AN OPEN FIELD IN WHICH TO GRAZE.

The caption changes to "October 16, 1962. Washington, D.C."

The caption changes to "Missile crisis: Day 1."

A reporter says A CRISIS IS NEAR.
A STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
RECONNAISSANCE PILOT
SOARS HIGH OVER CUBA.
THE EVIDENCE IS UNMISTAKABLE.

The narrator says PRESIDENT KENNEDY
IS INFORMED
THAT THE SOVIETS ARE BUILDING
NUCLEAR MISSILE SITES IN CUBA.
THE WORLD STANDS
ON THE BRINK OF NUCLEAR WAR.

Kathleen says MY FATHER SAID TO US, "CHILDREN,
WE'RE IN REAL TROUBLE,
DO YOU WANT TO GET AWAY
AND GO INTO A SHELTER?"
AND WE ALL SAID, "NO,
WE'LL STAY WITH YOU, DADDY."
AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED
WITH JACKIE.

Jackie says I SAID, "PLEASE,
DON'T SEND ME AWAY
TO CAMP DAVID.
IF ANYTHING HAPPENS,
WE'RE ALL GOING TO STAY
RIGHT HERE WITH YOU.
I JUST WANT TO BE ON THE LAWN
WHEN IT HAPPENS.
AND I WANT TO DIE WITH YOU,
AND THE CHILDREN DO, TOO."

John F. Kennedy says IT SHALL BE
THE POLICY OF THIS NATION...
TO REGARD ANY NUCLEAR MISSILE
LAUNCHED FROM CUBA
AGAINST ANY NATION
IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE...
AS AN ATTACK...

Kathleen says A LOT
OF PEOPLE WERE VERY SCARED
THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE
THE END OF OUR WORLD.
THOSE GENERALS,
THEY WANTED TO GO TO WAR.

Jackie says I'D WALK
BY HIS OFFICE ALL THE TIME,
AND SOMETIMES
HE WOULD TAKE ME OUT
FOR A WALK AROUND THE LAWN.
HE DIDN'T VERY OFTEN DO THAT.
WE JUST SORT OF WALKED QUIETLY.
IT WAS JUST THIS VIGIL.

The caption changes to "Missile crisis: Day 5."

The narrator says AS SOVIET SHIPS SAIL
TOWARDS CUBA,
KENNEDY DEFIES
HIS MILITARY ADVISORS
AND ORDERS A NAVAL BLOCKADE.

The caption changes to "Missile crisis: Day 7."

The narrator says KENNEDY DEMANDS THAT THE
MISSILES SITES BE DISMANTLED.
KHRUSHCHEV REFUSES.

Jackie says FROM THEN ON, IT SEEMED
THERE WAS NO WAKING
OR SLEEPING,
AND I JUST DON'T KNOW
WHICH DAY WAS WHICH.
THERE WAS NO DAY OR NIGHT.
WELL THAT'S THE TIME
I'VE BEEN CLOSEST TO HIM.

Kate says SHE
REALLY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON...
AND SHE WAS A SOUNDING BOARD,
AND THEY WERE REALLY
GROWING CLOSER TOGETHER
THROUGH THIS TRAUMA.

The caption changes to "Missile crisis: Day 12."

The narrator says AS THE DAYS GO BY,
THE PRESSURE MOUNTS
ON KENNEDY TO INVADE CUBA.
AN ACT THAT WOULD RESULT IN WAR.
ON THE 13TH DAY,
KENNEDY AND KHRUSHCHEV
FINALLY BREAK THE DEADLOCK.

John F. Kennedy says I HAVE TODAY BEEN INFORMED
BY CHAIRMAN KRUSHCHEV...
THAT ALL WEAPONS
WILL BE WITHDRAWN IN 30 DAYS.

The narrator says NUCLEAR WAR AVERTED,
KENNEDY PRESENTS
HIS CLOSEST ADVISORS
WITH TIFFANY SILVER CALENDARS
MARKED WITH THE 13 CRUCIAL DAYS.
HE ALSO GIVES ONE TO JACKIE.

Jackie says AND, FINALLY, WHEN IT WAS OVER,
HE THOUGHT OF GIVING
THAT CALENDAR TO EVERYONE.
I WAS SO SURPRISED
THAT I HAD ONE,
I BURST OUT CRYING.

Kate says IT WAS ELEVATING HER
AS SOMEONE HE LOOKED UPON
WITH AS MUCH RESPECT
AS HE DID HIS OWN BROTHER,
WHO WAS BY HIS SIDE
DURING THOSE 13 DAYS.
SO, THAT GIFT WAS INCREDIBLY
IMPORTANT TO HER
AND SHE TREASURED IT
ALL HER LIFE.

The caption changes to "Summer, 1963. Hyannis Port, Massachusetts."

John F. Kennedy says YESTERDAY,
A SHAFT OF LIGHT
CUT INTO THE DARKNESS.
NEGOTIATIONS WERE CONCLUDED
IN MOSCOW
TO BAN ALL NUCLEAR TESTS
IN THE ATMOSPHERE.

Sally says 1963 HAD BEEN A GOOD YEAR
FOR JACK AND JACKIE.
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES
RIGHT THEN
WAS THEY WERE LOOKING FORWARD
TO THE BIRTH OF A THIRD CHILD.

Barbara says JACKIE
WAS SURROUNDED BY KENNEDYS,
WHO WERE HAVING LOADS
OF CHILDREN
INCLUDING BOBBY AND ETHEL
WHO'D GO ON TO HAVE 11.
THE PRESIDENT WANTED
A LARGE FAMILY.
AND JACKIE FELT INADEQUATE
THAT SHE HAD THESE TERRIBLY
DIFFICULT PREGNANCIES.

The narrator says SEVEN YEARS EARLIER,
JACKIE WENT
INTO PREMATURE LABOR,
BUT JACK WAS TOTALLY ABSENT.

Sally says IN 1956,
SHE GAVE BIRTH
TO A STILLBORN DAUGHTER...
WHOM SHE NAMED ARABELLA.
JACK WAS AWAY BEING A PLAYBOY
IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.
AND IT REALLY TOOK SOMEBODY
SAYING TO HIM,
YOU HAVE TO GET ON A PLANE
AND GO HOME
AND BE WITH YOUR WIFE
AT THIS MOMENT.
BUT IN 1963,
HIS MINDSET WAS VERY DIFFERENT,
WHEN SHE WENT INTO LABOR.

The caption changes to "August 7, 1963. Otis Air Force Base Hospital, Massachusetts."

Pierre Salinger says MRS. KENNEDY HAS GIVEN BIRTH
TO A FOUR-POUND
TEN-AND-A-HALF-OUNCE BABY BOY.
IT WAS FIVE-AND-A-HALF WEEKS
PREMATURE.

The narrator says BORN BY EMERGENCY
C-SECTION,
BABY PATRICK HAS SEVERE
BREATHING DIFFICULTIES.
HE IS IMMEDIATELY TAKEN
FROM HIS MOTHER
AND FLOWN TO BOSTON
FOR LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT.

Sally says ALL JACK
COULD DO WAS WATCH
THROUGH THIS LITTLE PORTHOLE
IN THE ROOM
AND SEE THIS CHILD
INSIDE AN INCUBATOR.
AND WHEN IT WAS FINALLY CLEAR
THAT HE WAS GOING TO DIE...
THEY BROUGHT HIM OUT AND PUT HIM
IN HIS FATHER'S ARMS.

Pierre says to the press PATRICK KENNEDY DIED
AT 4.04 A.M.
[REPORTERS GROAN]

A man says SAY THAT AGAIN.

Pierre says THE STRUGGLE OF THE BABY BOY
TO KEEP BREATHING WAS TOO MUCH
FOR HIS HEART.

Sally says JACKIE ONLY SAW PATRICK
IN AN INCUBATOR.
SHE NEVER HAD A CHANCE
TO HOLD HIM IN HER ARMS.
JACK WAS DISCONSOLATE.
AND HE IMMEDIATELY FLEW
TO THE HOSPITAL
WHERE JACKIE WAS.

Jackie says HE CAME BACK FROM BOSTON
TO ME IN THE HOSPITAL,
AND HE WALKED IN THE MORNING,
ABOUT 8:00, IN MY ROOM...
AND JUST SOBBED
AND PUT HIS ARMS AROUND ME.

Martha says AFTER PATRICK,
I THINK THEY WERE A LOT CLOSER.
IT'S THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER
SEEN THEM HOLD HANDS.

Sally says IT WAS SYMBOLIC
THAT HE WOULD BE
SO PUBLICLY TENDER TO HER.
IT SHOWED THE WORLD
THAT THIS WAS SOMETHING
THAT THEY WERE SHARING AND HAD,
IN FACT, DEEPENED THEIR BOND.

The narrator says A MONTH LATER,
JACKIE WRITES
TO CHARLES BARTLETT,
THE FRIEND WHO HAD
INTRODUCED HER TO JACK.

Sally says IT BEGINS
AS A LETTER OF GRATITUDE
TO CHARLEY FOR HAVING BEEN
THE MATCHMAKER BACK IN 1951...

Martha reads the letter and says "I HAVE SO
MUCH TO THANK YOU FOR,
DEAR CHARLEY.
ALL MY LIFE, JACK, JOHN
AND CAROLINE.
WHEN I THINK
OF THE NARROW ESCAPES,
HOW WE MIGHT NEVER HAVE MET,
IT IS QUITE FRIGHTENING.

Sally says I THINK
THE MOST POIGNANT THING
IN THE LETTER
IS SHE WRITES THAT WITHOUT JACK,
HER LIFE WOULD HAVE
BEEN "A WASTELAND."
I MEAN,
THAT IS A VERY VIVID IMAGE.
YOU DO GET THE SENSE
THAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED
THIS EQUIPOISE
IN THEIR MARRIAGE,
AND IT IS ACTUALLY FOLLOWED
BY HER RECOMMITMENT, REALLY,
TO THEIR MARRIAGE
AND TO THEIR POLITICAL LIFE.

The caption changes to "November 22, 1963. Fort Worth, Texas."

At an official event, John F. Kennedy says TWO YEARS AGO,
I INTRODUCED MYSELF IN PARIS
BY SAYING I WAS THE MAN
WHO ACCOMPANIED
MRS. KENNEDY TO PARIS.
I'M GETTING SOMEWHAT
THAT SAME SENSATION
AS I TRAVEL AROUND TEXAS.
[LAUGHTER]
[APPLAUSE]

Marie says THERE'S NO QUESTION...
THAT HE WAS THRILLED
THAT SHE WANTED
TO COME TO TEXAS WITH HIM,
THAT SHE WANTED TO CAMPAIGN
WITH HIM.

John F. Kennedy says THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS
AND UNCERTAIN WORLD.
WE WOULD LIKE TO LIVE
AS WE ONCE LIVED...

Sally says AND IT WAS A BRIGHT SUNNY DAY.
AND JACKIE PUT ON
HER SUNGLASSES...
AND JACK SAID,
"PLEASE, TAKE THEM OFF.
I WANT THEM TO SEE YOU."

Evan says AS THEY'RE IN THE MOTORCADE,
NELLIE CONNALLY,
THE GOVERNOR CONNALLY'S WIFE,
TURNS TO JFK AND SAYS,
"WELL, YOU CAN'T SAY
THAT DALLAS DOESN'T LOVE YOU."
AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS,
"YOU CERTAINLY CAN'T."

The caption changes to "November 22, 1963. Dallas, Texas."

A reporter says THE PRESIDENT'S CAR
IS NOW TURNING OFF AT ELM STREET
AND IT'LL ONLY BE
A MATTER OF MINUTES
BEFORE HE ARRIVES
AT THE TRADE MART.
I WAS ON STEMMONS FREEWAY
EARLIER,
AND EVEN THE FREEWAY
WAS JAM-PACKED
WITH SPECTATORS WAITING...

Evan says THEY'RE IN THE CAR
AND JACKIE THINKS
THAT SHE HEARS SOME BACKFIRES.

[GUNSHOTS]

Evan says AND SHE TURNS
TO LOOK AT HER HUSBAND,
AND SHE SEES, LITERALLY,
HIS BRAINS BEING BLOWN OUT.

The reporter says IT APPEARS AS THOUGH
SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED
IN THE MOTORCADE ROUTE.
SOMETHING, I REPEAT,
HAS HAPPENED
IN THE MOTORCADE ROUTE.

Barbara says THE SOUNDS AND THE SCREAMING
AND THE MOTORS RACING.
FOR HIM, THEN, LITERALLY,
TO FALL INTO HER LAP.
SO THAT SHE IS STARING
INTO THE WOUND...
AND KNOWING THAT HE'S GONE.

The reporter says THERE'S NUMEROUS
PEOPLE RUNNING UP THE HILL
ALONGSIDE ELM STREET.

Evan says SHE'S IN A WAR ZONE.
AND SHE STARTS TO CLIMB
OUT OF THE CAR.

Barbara says AND THEN,
CLINT HILL,
THE SECRET SERVICE AGENT
PUSHES HER INTO SAFETY,
PUSHES HER BACK DOWN.
BUT NOW SHE'S BACK
INTO THE HORROR
OF THIS CHAMBER
IN WHICH HER HUSBAND
HAS BEEN MURDERED.

The reporter says JUST A MOMENT,
WE HAVE A BULLETIN
COMING IN DIRECTLY
FROM PARKLANDS HOSPITAL...

Another reporter says PRESIDENT KENNEDY
HAS BEEN ASSASSINATED.
IT'S OFFICIAL NOW.
THE PRESIDENT IS DEAD.
THERE'S ONLY ONE WORD
TO DESCRIBE THE PICTURE HERE
AND THAT'S GRIEF.
SECRET SERVICE MEN STANDING
BY THE EMERGENCY ROOM,
TEARS STREAMING
DOWN THEIR FACE...

Barbara says THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE
ONE OF THE LAST TIMES
SHE IS WITH HIM EVER.
VERY SOON THEY'RE GOING TO COME
AND PUT HIM IN A CASKET.
AND SHE WANTS
TO GIVE HIM SOMETHING,
SOMETHING PERSONAL
THAT SHE CAN PUT IN WITH HIM,
I GUESS, TO HAVE A PIECE
OF HER WITH HIM,
AND SHE CHOOSES HER WEDDING BAND
AND REMOVES IT FROM HER FINGER
AND ATTEMPTS TO PLACE IT ON HIS.

A third reporter says PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S
BODY IS TO BE PLACED
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE.
ALREADY, ARRANGEMENTS
FOR SWEARING IN
THE NEW PRESIDENT
ARE BEING MADE.

Barbara says SHE IS WEARING
A BLOODSTAINED SUIT
AND SHE IS ASKED
WOULD SHE LIKE TO CHANGE,
AND SHE REFUSES...
AND SAYS WITH MAYBE ANGER,
"I WANT THEM TO SEE
WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO JACK."

A recording of Johnson's swearing in.

Judge Sarah Hughes says I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR...

Lyndon B. Johnson says I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR...

Judge Hughes says THAT
I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE...

Johnson says THAT
I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE...

Evan says STANDING NEXT TO LYNDON JOHNSON,
YES, SHE'S IN SHOCK.
BUT SHE'S ALREADY THINKING
WHAT IS SHE GOING TO DO
TO PRESERVE
HER HUSBAND'S LEGACY.

Kate says ON THE FLIGHT BACK,
SHE IS TALKING ABOUT WANTING
HER HUSBAND'S FUNERAL
TO BE JUST LIKE
LINCOLN'S FUNERAL.

Barbara says SHE KNOWS THE SYMBOLISM
OF THE LINCOLN MARTYRDOM
SHOULD INFUSE HER
HUSBAND'S FAREWELL
TO THE UNITED STATES
AND THE WORLD.
AND BACK IN WASHINGTON,
WE LITERALLY GASPED
TO SEE MRS. KENNEDY APPEAR
BEHIND THE CASKET STREAKED
WITH HER HUSBAND'S BLOOD.
SHE WAS THE MESSAGE...
THAT HER HUSBAND HAD BEEN KILLED
IN A POLITICAL ASSASSINATION.

The caption changes to "November 23, 1963. Washington, D.C."

The narrator says PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S BODY
IS RETURNED
TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
ONLY THEN DOES JACKIE
FINALLY LEAVE HIS SIDE.

Sally says THAT WAS A MOMENT
I'M SURE OF PROFOUND ISOLATION
FOR HER.

Barbara says IN THE EIGHT SECONDS
THAT IT TOOK
TO FIRE OFF THREE SHOTS...
SHE LOST HER HUSBAND,
HER JOB, AND HER HOME.

Sally says AND SHE SAID,
"I HAD WORKED SO HARD
AT THE MARRIAGE
AND SUCCEEDED...
AND HE HAD REALLY COME
TO LOVE ME...
AND TO CONGRATULATE ME
ON WHAT I DID FOR HIM."

Evan says SHE SAID, "JUST
WHEN WE HAD IT ALL SETTLED,"
SHE HAD THE RUG PULLED OUT
FROM UNDER HER
WITHOUT ANY POWER
TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
THAT'S NOT TRUE, ACTUALLY,
SHE HAD POWER AND SHE USED IT.

The caption changes to "November 24, 1963. President John F. Kennedy lies in state."

A reporter says IN THE IMPOSING
ROTUNDA OF THE CAPITOL,
THE CASKET RESTS
ON THE SAME CATAFALQUE
USED WHEN
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S BODY
LAY IN STATE
NEARLY 100 YEARS AGO.

The narrator says JACKIE WISHES TO WALK
BEHIND HER HUSBAND'S CASKET.
THIS PRESENTS A NIGHTMARE
FOR THE SECURITY SERVICE.

Barbara says THE SECRET SERVICE SAY,
"IF YOU'RE GOING TO MARCH
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
TO ST. MATTHEW'S CATHEDRAL,
WHICH IS ABOUT SEVEN
OR EIGHT BLOCKS,
SURROUNDED BY TALL BUILDINGS,
THE VERY KIND OF BUILDING
THE PRESIDENT WAS SHOT FROM
IN DALLAS,
WORLD LEADERS,
AND PRESIDENT JOHNSON,
AND MRS. JOHNSON ARE GOING
TO WANT TO MARCH
IN SOLIDARITY WITH YOU, TOO."

The narrator says THE SECRET SERVICE SAYS UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES
SHOULD PRESIDENT JOHNSON
TAKE THAT RISK.

A reporter says OSWALD HAS BEEN SHOT!
LEE OSWALD...

The narrator says THAT DAY,
KENNEDY'S ASSASSIN IS SHOT
IN DALLAS.

The caption changes to "November 25, 1963. State funeral of John F. Kennedy."

Kati says JACKIE STAGE-MANAGED...
HER HUSBAND'S FUNERAL PERFECTLY,
EVERY DETAIL:
THE RIDERLESS HORSE,
TWO HEARTBREAKING CHILDREN
STANDING NEXT TO HER
WITH JOHN JOHN SALUTING
AS HIS FATHER'S COFFIN
ROLLED BY.

The narrator says AND JACKIE HOLDS FIRM
TO HER FINAL WISH.

Sally says JACKIE
WALKED WITH BOBBY AND TEDDY
FOLLOWED BY ALL THESE
OTHER WORLD LEADERS,
CHARLES DE GAULLE,
AND PRINCE PHILLIP,
HAILE SELASSIE.

A reporter says IT IS BELIEVED TO BE
THE FIRST TIME
A PRESIDENT'S WIDOW HAS WALKED
IN HIS FUNERAL PROCESSION.
ALL FOLLOW BEHIND
THE PRESIDENT'S CASKET.

The narrator says AT THE HEAD,
JACKIE DOESN'T KNOW
WHETHER PRESIDENT JOHNSON
HAS JOINED THE PROCESSION.
REACHING THE CATHEDRAL,
SHE TURNS TO DISCOVER
THAT HE HAS DEFIED
THE SECRET SERVICE.
SHE SMILES,
THE ONLY SMILE SHE DISPLAYS
DURING THOSE FOUR DAYS.

Kate says SHE IS SO HAPPY
THAT JOHNSON
HAS FOLLOWED HER LEAD.
THE FACT THAT THAT THESE LEADERS
PUT THEIR OWN LIVES AT RISK
MEANT A LOT TO HER.

Kati says I REMEMBER
MY PARENTS SAYING,
IF SHE CAN GET THROUGH THIS
SO CAN WE.
THESE BECAME ICONIC MOMENTS
FOR THE NATION,
WHEN THE PRESIDENCY REMINDS US
OF WHO WE ARE.

Sally says THE FUNERAL WAS
AN INCREDIBLY
MEMORABLE CAPSTONE
TO THIS
ALL-TOO-BRIEF PRESIDENCY.
IT REALLY WAS THE BEGINNING
OF THE CREATION
OF HER HUSBAND'S LEGACY.

The caption changes to "November 29, 1963. Hyannis Port, Massachusetts."

The narrator says A WEEK AFTER
HER HUSBAND'S ASSASSINATION,
JACKIE CALLS JOURNALIST
AND HISTORIAN, THEODORE WHITE,
TO HYANNIS PORT.
SHE WANTS HIM TO WRITE
A PIECE FOR LIFE MAGAZINE.

Evan says THEODORE WHITE
WAS THE PREMIER
CHRONICLER OF PRESIDENTS.
AND LIFE MAGAZINE
HAD GREAT POWER.

Barbara says SHE IS OBSESSED...
WITH HOW THE PRESIDENT
WILL BE REMEMBERED
AND SHE IS TRYING
TO GET THE JUMP
ON THE FIRST DRAFT OF HISTORY
THAT IS JOURNALISM.

The narrator says MIDWAY THROUGH RECALLING
THE EVENTS IN DALLAS
IN GRAPHIC DETAIL,
JACKIE SUDDENLY
CHANGES THE SUBJECT.

Barbara says SHE TELLS
THIS VERY SWEET STORY
THAT THEY WOULD PUT
ON THE SOUNDTRACK
FROM THE BROADWAY MUSICAL,
CAMELOT,
AND THAT THE PRESIDENT'S
FAVORITE LINE WAS,
"DON'T LET IT BE FORGOT,
THAT ONCE THERE WAS A SPOT,
FOR ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT,
KNOWN AS CAMELOT."
AND THEN, MRS. KENNEDY SAYS,
"THERE WILL BE
GREAT PRESIDENTS AGAIN,
BUT THERE WILL NEVER BE
ANOTHER CAMELOT."

Evan says THE ARTHURIAN
LEGEND IS FULL OF INFIDELITY
AND BETRAYAL AND DEATH AND LOSS.
SO, THERE IS A DARKER SIDE
THAT'S ACTUALLY WEIRDLY
THE TRUTHFUL IMAGE.
BUT LIKE MANY THINGS
THAT JACKIE KENNEDY DID,
IT'S BRILLIANT STAGECRAFT.
THE THOUSAND DAYS OF JFK,
IT WAS BRIEF AND SHINING.
WHITE LATER SAID
THAT SHE COULD HAVE SOLD HIM
THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
I MEAN, HE WAS GONNA DO ANYTHING
FOR HER.
BUT SHE'S POURING OVER HIS COPY,
SHE EDITS IT.
SO, WHITE FILES A STORY,
AND THE EDITORS
ARE A LITTLE SKEPTICAL,
"ISN'T THIS CAMELOT
A BIT MUCH?"
AND SHE INSISTS,
"NO CAMELOT, NO STORY."

Kati says THIS COUNTRY
WAS SORT OF ENJOYING
A BRIEF INTERREGNUM
BEFORE VIETNAM,
BEFORE WATERGATE.
IT WAS AN INNOCENT AMERICA
THAT WAS WILLING TO BE LURED
INTO A FANTASY.
BUT IT WAS A FANTASY
THAT WAS SO APPEALING.

The caption changes to "December 1, 1963. The White House."

The narrator says JACKIE PREPARES
TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE
FOR THE LAST TIME.

Kathleen reads the letter and says "DEAR
MR. CHAIRMAN PRESIDENT,
SO NOW IN ONE OF THE LAST NIGHTS
I WILL SPEND IN THE WHITE HOUSE,
IN ONE OF THE LAST LETTERS
I WILL WRITE,
I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE YOU
MY MESSAGE."

The narrator says BUT JACKIE'S LETTER
IS NOT TO A FAMILY MEMBER
OR CLOSE FRIEND.
IT IS TO SOVIET PREMIER,
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV.

Kathleen says "I SEND IT BECAUSE I KNOW
HOW MUCH MY HUSBAND
CARED ABOUT PEACE.
HE USED TO QUOTE YOUR WORDS
IN SOME OF HIS SPEECHES.
"IN THE NEXT WORLD,
THE SURVIVORS
WILL ENVY THE DEAD."
YOU AND HE WERE ADVERSARIES,
BUT YOU WERE ALLIED
IN DETERMINATION
THAT THE WORLD
SHOULDN'T BE BLOWN UP."

Kati says HER FINAL ACT
IN THE WHITE HOUSE...
REALLY REVEALED THE DEPTH
OF HER SERIOUSNESS.
IT'S IN THAT LETTER
TO NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV,
URGING HIM TO CONTINUE
THE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT TALKS...
THAT HAD BEGUN
WITH HER HUSBAND.

Kathleen says "THE DANGER,
WHICH TROUBLED MY HUSBAND
WAS THAT WAR MIGHT BE STARTED
NOT SO MUCH BY THE BIG MEN
AS BY THE LITTLE ONES.
WHILE BIG MEN KNOW THE NEEDS
FOR SELF-CONTROL AND RESTRAINT,
LITTLE MEN ARE SOMETIMES
MOVED BY FEAR AND PRIDE."
IT'S REALLY ABOUT LET'S CONTINUE
FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Kati says IF THE MARK
OF A GREAT PRESIDENT
IS UNDERSTANDING
THE BIG ISSUES OF THE DAY,
THE MARK OF A GREAT FIRST LADY
IS A MORE SUBTLE THING.
AND JACKIE GOT THIS,
AND THAT IS UNDERSTANDING
THE ESSENCE OF THE TIME...
AND AMERICA AS A GLOBAL PLAYER.
SHE PERFECTLY REFLECTED THAT
AND, IN FACT, SHAPED IT.

Sally says ALTHOUGH
SHE BECAME "JACKIE O."
AND HAD A WHOLE LIFE
AS A BOOK EDITOR
AND EVERYTHING ELSE
THAT SHE DID
SUBSEQUENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE,
SHE WAS, IN THE END,
INEVITABLY DEFINED
BY WHAT SHE DID
AS FIRST LADY.

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