What Would Jackie Do? Apparently, she'd straddle Bobby Kennedy.
Jackie O watchers are all abuzz today about the imminent release of a new book by C.David Heymann called "Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story." The book claims they had a four year long love affair after the JFK assassination. this is not news to any serious Kennedy watcher. In fact, C.David is the person who authored my definitive research publication for all things Jackie O: "A Woman Named Jackie" .
Although the focus of that book was Jackie, the Kennedys were in almost every chapter because of the events of the times. The happenings were Jackie's, but they were tangled around the news and the players of the day.That was an exhaustively researched book and I'm thinking that the material that comprises this new tome is part recycled, part stuff that didn't fit into the first one, but the theme is pretty much the same - the ugly truth.
Jackie must have been pretty busy after November '62 - wasn't it just 2 days ago we read about her hot tryst with Brando? Add Bobby to the mix and there's almost no time for shopping. It was in the first Heymann book that I first learned that Jackie and Ari used to have public sex on the yacht Christina so while Jackie wasn't exactly the type that was all sexed up, she was not averse to the concept.
Do I believe that she and Bobby had a thing going on? Well, Kennedys are pigs - no one argues that. Bobby holds the family record for child production - Ethel didn't have 11 kids by herself. And sexual intercourse was a competative/cooperative activity among the Kennedy men - women shared one night after the other by JFK, RFK and the old man. Did you think that Marilyn thing with JFK and RFK was a coincidence? This is entirely believable to me. And better Bobby than Teddy - you know where his dates end up.
I do not blame. For all of her life, Jackie was subject to the actions of the womanizing men around her and accepted that as the price of security. When she had to look out for herself, she did what she learned from the women she was related to - barter sex for protection. The traditional pathway of love and marriage never worked out for her so as a widow, if she was finally free to give a big screw you to the world, then fine. That is feminism in its most basic form.