Scorpions A-Buzzing Today

I have become very behind in my blog reading and today I decided to pick one that I follow and get really up to date.  My hovering fingers landed on Patricia’s Today I Think Blog.

I really enjoy Patricia thoughts on many things and love Teddy the stay at home cat.  He manages to get into adventures even within the apartment and on the balcony.

Teddy

Photo copyright Patricia Tracy

However, one post that Patricia wrote really set my blood boiling.  Have you read “Monday, not really a book review”?  Living on the other side of the world I wasn’t aware the interview talked about in the comments and have never heard of this woman.  While we all thought or perhaps knew in some cases, that JFK was a philanderer I wasn’t aware just how blatant and abusive the man was.  Please understand that I haven’t read the book  so I am relying on my good friend Patricia and other reviews of the book.

All that said, I now get onto my rant for the day.

Firstly, the President and all his sycophantic helpers must bear the most blame for these happenings.  How did these people think it was OK to treat a young woman this way?  How was it kept from Jackie or did she know and turn a blind eye to the abuse of this 19-year-old?  And what a seemingly innocent 19-year-old she was.

But the girl must bear some of the blame.  At the time she describes I was a 22-year-old so not that much older than she.  I  knew that it wasn’t acceptable to sleep with some other woman’s husband.  She must have known this.

I knew if I was invited to view somebody’s bedroom without the wife being there, there was likely to be some ulterior motive.  She must have known this.

I knew that if anything unacceptable to me, or something with which I was not comfortable occurred that I should tell somebody else.  She must have known this,  But I now come to the realisation that this wasn’t unacceptable to her.  This has obviously been a secret that she kept and fed upon for the past 50 plus years.

And according to  Janet Maslin‘s report in the New York Times it appears that this woman sees nothing wrong in what she did.

Several questions jumped immediately into my mind:

  • How would she react if it happened to her daughter or granddaughter now?
  • Was this only allowed to happen because of the age of Camelot and the public’s adoration of the first couple?
  • Did the President think he was above normal standards of human behaviour?
  • How did the aides and the others in the know satisfy their own consciences?
  • Did none of them have daughters of their own?

And of course the big one.  How are her family reacting to this unveiling, telling of a secret now?  Did she consider their feelings before writing this book or did she simply write it for the money it would generate?

I have since watched part of the interview on NBC’s Rock Centre and it seems to me that this woman is totally self-absorbed and I wouldn’t be surprised if she didn’t even consider the ramifications on her family and indeed the rest of her life, before going public.  My thoughts re with her family at this time.

And of course the big one for me – Am I being unnecessarily hard on this poor woman?  Maybe if I read the book I might have some more sympathy for her, both as she was then and as she is now.  But for now, I am leaving it as it is.

What are your thoughts?

End of today’s rant.

“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.”
Carl Jung

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15 thoughts on “Scorpions A-Buzzing Today

  1. How does one eek out a whole book on such a topic? We met. Chapter 1. We met again. Chapter 2. We rolled in the hay/bedroom. Chapter 3. I’m not at all intrigued to read it or plunk down the money to buy it.

  2. Like your rant, Judith. And I am glad you have links to the interview and report and not just my blog. I think the links flesh out my opinions–which are just that my opinions. When I reread my review–or non-review–I was concerned that I was too harsh and opinionated. But upon reflection I stand by my thoughts and I have the same questions you do.

  3. I was almost speechless when I read your blog this morning and my mind is still simmering over this woman. I really can’t believe that any 72 year old would now come out of the woodwork and tell this story. I presume that it had been kept secret until now.
    Hope you didn’t mind my showing Teddy on the blog. He’s so very cute. 🙂

  4. I heard about this book several weeks ago but it is not something that will be on my reading list. While I will reserve judgement of something she did at 22, I do wonder why she would come forward at her age…money, publicity, revenge, truth? Some things are best left in the past.

    • That’s exactly the point. Rumours about JFK have been rampant for years. It was an open secret–remember those were the days the media respected public peoples’ privacy rather than tapping phones, etc. But as the old saying goes, it takes two to tango and I’d take everything she says with a grain of salt the size of the White House.

  5. You should have spared yourself the pain and frustration and just visited my blog – where it’s mainly pictures. (smile) I’m teasing.
    I am clueless to the story, though the theme of the story is universal. I think what bothers me the most is the urge to share such ‘dirty laundry’. Like Coastal Crone said, some things are best left in the past. I’d add – or brushed under the rug and forgotten.

    • I just wonder what her motive was for spreading this story so many years later and as I have said, what effect this will have on her grandchildren.
      Just going over to look at your pictures Lenore. I always love to read about and see those boys of yours. 🙂

  6. I agree that some things are best swept under the rug and forgotten. I would not be surprised if every single president we ever had has also had dirty laundry – just no technology to air it.

  7. Sounds like she just wanted everyone to know that she slept with JFK . . . her last hurrah, perhaps?

    It’s amazing the things people do in order to feed their ego’s need to be noticed.

  8. I’m not familiar with this story. I agree with your views – she had to have known it was wrong. I’d like to think morals were more prevalent, but articles like that make me wonder….

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