JFK intern and former mistress Mimi Alford reveals new secrets in book
69 year old recounts her time spent with JFK as an intern in 1962
Mimi Alford, former intern for President John F Kennedy in 1962, shares explosive details of her affair with the President in her new book ‘Once Upon a Secret.’ Her stories from her summer as an intern in Washington DC shed light on some of JFK’s most private, and most undesirable, moments.
Cynthia Fagen, writing for the New York Post, gives an overview of Alford’s stories about her time spent not only with Kennedy, but also those closest to him. As a 19 year old intern, Alford was invited to a midday swim at the White House pool where Kennedy often swam to help relieve his chronic back pain.
Alford swam and was introduced personally to Kennedy during the swim. Later that day, the new intern was invited by JFK’s “first friend” Dave Powers to an after-work party. Kennedy took Alford for a private tour of the White House, where they would share their first intimate encounter in Jackie Kennedy’s bedroom.
“I noticed he was moving closer and closer. I could feel his breath on my neck. He put his hand on my shoulder,” writes Alford. Ultimately, she lost her virginity to Kennedy that day in Jackie’s bedroom, thus beginning the affair that would last until the week before the President was assassinated in 1963.
The following week, Alford was invited over again for another swim, and would later have relations with the President. Alford writes how she found it next to impossible to resist the man and the power of President Kennedy.
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Though Alford would sometimes spend the night with Kennedy, she remembers there still being a palpable distance between the two of them.
“There was always a layer of reserve between us, which may explain why we never kissed,” she writes.
“The wide gulf between us — the age, the power, the experience — guaranteed that our affair wouldn’t evolve into anything more serious.”
As his mistress, Alford was also privy to some of the more political situations that would come to define Kennedy’s short-lived presidency. She writes how she told JFK about having met then Vice President Lyndon Johnson, to which Kennedy replied “Stay away from him,” presumably afraid that Johnson would use the affair as black mail.
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