Jackie Kennedy’s grandchildren shocked by her antiquated view of women
Caroline Kennedy speaks about family reaction on GMA
The grand-daughters of Jackie Kennedy have said they are “absolutely horrified” by the former First Lady’s views on the role of women, their mother Caroline has revealed.
Speaking to Good Morning America, Jackie Kennedy’s daughter Caroline said her two daughters were horrified when they heard a portion of the recordings.
Her two daughters Rose (23) and Tatiana (21) asked their mother in disbelief “Did she really think that?”
As part of an oral history, the original interviews were recorded in 1964 by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
In the audio recordings the young widow described her marriage to JFK as “a rather terribly Victorian or Asiatic relationship” and she said most of her opinions came from the former president.
“I think women should never be in politics. We’re just not suited to it,” she said.
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Speaking on Good Morning America, Caroline Kennedy spoke about her family’s reaction.
“It was funny because my daughters listened to it too and they were just absolutely horrified,' she told GMA,”
Her daughters asked her: “Did she really think that?”
“And of course time has moved on and it shows you both there are many timeless things in here but it really is a snapshot of a world that we barely recognise.”
She added: “I think people really need to understand the purpose of an oral history. And it really - the value of it is immediate, it is honest.”
“I think that was very brave of her to do that and to be honest. But it’s got limitations. It’s just - it’s a primary source document. It’s like a diary or something like that, it’s really a snapshot.”
The only daughter of the former president, Caroline decided to release the transcripts in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of JFK's inauguration, later this year. She first read the transcripts after her mother’s death in 1994.
“There are flashes throughout where I hear her and there are parts to me where it sounds like it was a very long time ago, just the way she speaks and the things she said,” Caroline added.
Watch the clip from Good Morning America below:
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