JFK's Teen Lover Tells All in Explosive New Book

Mimi Alford's 'Once Upon a Secret' recalls Kennedy fling

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 5, 2012 3:38 PM CST

(Newser) – A former White House intern's shocking tell-all about her affair with President Kennedy has arrived in bookstores. Mimi Alford's Once Upon a Secret recounts her first sexual encounter with JFK at a White House after-party in 1962: The president guided her into Jackie O's bedroom, "unbuttoned the top of my shirtdress and touched my breasts," she writes. After they had sex, he matter-of-factly pointed her to the bathroom. The 19-year-old kept thinking that night: "I’m not a virgin anymore.”

The New York Post serves up more details about the 18-month affair:

  • Their sex was “varied and fun.” The pair spent an “inordinate amount of time taking baths."
  • They liked the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and enjoyed singing it together. But "there was always a layer of reserve between us, which may explain why we never kissed,” she writes.
  • JFK lost his composure after she met Vice President Lyndon Johnson. "Stay away from him," he told her.
  • He once suggested that she relieve the tension of "first friend" Dave Powers during a noon swim. "This was a challenge to give Dave Powers oral sex. I don’t think the president thought I’d do it, but I’m ashamed to say that I did . . . The president silently watched.”
  • During the Cuban Missle Crisis, JFK told her, “I’d rather my children red than dead."
  • The two cried together while reading condolence letters after the death of his infant child, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy.
  • JFK once mischievously suggested that she "take care of my baby brother. He could stand a little relaxation." She "absolutely" refused.
See more from the Post here.

Aaron Shikler painted this posthumous official portrait of John F. Kennedy.   (Wikipedia)
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