we are back now with the voice of former first lady of the
jacquelyn kennedy recorded and kept secret for decades until now.
was famously private, unlike even minor celebrities today she never wrote a memoir. shortly after the assassination of her husband, the president, she sat down with a historian and spoke with candor about her husband and other things of the era. it is part of the book. on friday oop oop of we purchased a copy we shared early excerpts with you. tonight on what would have been their 58th
she was still in what her daughter described as the extreme stages of grief, speaking publically only once.
the knowledge of the affection in which my husband was held by all of you has sustained me.
while famously private, the young widow sat down and secretly recorded her most personal thoughts for posterity.
it's just not as simple as it sounds.
in sharp contrast to the formal
i think every first lady should do something to help the things she cares about.
paints an intimate
. jfk kneeling at the end of the bed to say his prayers, something she described as childish and sweet. the president crying over the
bay of pigs fiasco
, his successor.
bobby told me this later and i know jack said it to me sometimes. he said, oh, god, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if lyndon was president. so many times he'd say if there was ever a problem.
also influenced by this call a month after her husband's death two days before christmas,
i hope that you are doing all right.
oh, i'm doing fine. thank you.
you know how much we love you. you have a good christmas, dear.
thank you. the same to you.
hours later she learned he was showing off for a room full of reporters. other snapshots. remember show she charme eed the
i accompanied her.
in private she called degalle an egomaniac and
martin luther king
, jr., phony. dr. king was overheard making crude comments about
kissing her husband's casket on the day of the funeral.
in politics, things do change quickly. jack would never -- he would often say -- never get in anything so deep that you have lost all chance of conciliation.
the most poignant moments are about family. a 3-year-old john, jr., is asked what happened to your father. he answers, he's gone to heaven. and jackie describes pleading with her husband not to evacuate the family to
, telling him she wants to die with him rather than live without him.
, nbc news, washington.