Jackie O Had Cruel Words for Presidents, Other VIPs

More gossip from 1964 interviews revealed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2011 9:33 AM CDT
Picture taken in 1961 of Jacqueline Kennedy, born Bouvier, wife of the US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. AFP PHOTO   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – More details—and more barbs—are trickling out from the new book of 47-year-old interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which hits shelves Wednesday. From the New York Times:

  • On French president Charles DeGaulle: "That egomaniac."
  • On future Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi: "A real prune—bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman."
  • JFK’s thoughts on Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Charlatan is an unfair word," but "he did an awful lot for effect."
  • On former Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson: "Violently liberal women in politics" liked him more than JFK because they "were scared of sex," Jackie theorized.

  • On the president of South Vietnam’s sister-in-law and former Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce: "I wouldn’t be surprised if they were lesbians."
  • On Indonesian President Sukarno: "He had a sort of lecherous look" and "left a bad taste in your mouth."
  • People she actually praises: JFK’s father and brother, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Robert F. Kennedy; defense secretary Robert S. McNamara; national security adviser McGeorge Bundy; French novelist André Malraux; and Colombian president Alberto Lleras Camargo.
Notably, there is no negative talk about her husband, the Times notes, though she did mention that he cried over the Bay of Pigs. Click for more revelations from the book. (Read more JFK stories.)

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