Jackie O: MLK a 'Phony'
...and other revelations from a new book of interviews
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 9, 2011 6:48 AM CDT
acqueline Kennedy Onassis talks on the phone in this 1961 photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was not a fan of Martin Luther King Jr, once describing him as "tricky" and a "phony," after hearing FBI tapes of him with a woman other than his wife in a hotel room. That's just one of the revelations contained in a new book, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy, which details, and even includes audio recordings of, a series of interviews Jackie gave shortly after JFK's assassination. The AP got an early copy of the book and its accompanying eight audio CDs, and reveals these tidbits:

  • John hated Lyndon Johnson. "Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, 'Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon were president?'" Onassis recalls, adding that he even discussed backing another candidate in the Democratic primaries in 1968.
  • Kennedy appointed Republican Henry Cabot Lodge ambassador to Vietnam because he doubted the war was winnable. "I think he probably did it ... rather thinking it might be such a brilliant thing to do because Vietnam was rather hopeless anyway, and put a Republican there."
  • More MLK hate: She says he mocked the cardinal who oversaw her husband's funeral, saying the cardinal "was drunk at it. And things about they almost dropped the coffin. I just can't see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man's terrible."
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Sep 10, 2011 6:24 AM CDT
Hey folks lets get down to the important stuff; Does Jackie talk about her screwing William Holden while Jack was screwing Angie Dickenson?
Sep 9, 2011 7:40 PM CDT
@newser-8985ea74edb35d7ac9e580b30a7001b0:disqus Proud Prude, however right you may be, King probably didn't realize that while his life was on line everyday, he didn't realize it woud be by someone so close to him. If you take a good look at the setting he was in on the day of his demise and look to had the most to gain by his passing I think you will clearly see another assiassination similar to John Kennedy.
Sep 9, 2011 7:12 PM CDT
Please... who's the phony? You admitted that you married Onassis for the money... for the security of your kids. Surely, it didn't hurt that he could support you in the lifestyle you had grown accustomed to.