"Camera Girl" is the story about the girl behind the camera that became the First Lady to President John F. Kennedy. The book was published in May 2023. I haven't started reading it yet, but I am eager! Jackie was always a fascinating role model.
To get a more realistic picture of who Camera Girl was before and after she became the First Lady, I dug into the archives to watch CBS Television "Jackie Kennedy White House Tour February 14, 1962. Without commercials, it did not take 45 minutes to watch and it was worth my time to watch all these years later. Although I remember when it aired, I was just a child. Seeing it again last night, I was intrigued by her poise, knowledge and expertise in architecture and ancient art, including American History regarding past presidents and the White House. Her speech, enunciation of words, memory, and enthusiasm for restoring the White House between 1961 and 1962 was fascinating!
Things I will remember that I didn't pay attention to when Jackie was the First Lady:
- What leaves a good or bad impression?
- What role does a First Lady play when living in the White House?
- How should a First Lady present herself in public during an interview?
- How should a First Lady dress in public?
- What can a First Lady learn and accomplish by living in the White House?
Information I did not know until the Interview last night
- Can you make changes to the White House? To make changes at the White House you have to get Committee approval (Museum Experts, Private Citizens, Government, and Fine Arts Committee). Everything has to be approved.
- Let's say you acquire stuff for the White House? What happens to the next President? In the past, if they didn't want it, they could sell it, throw it out, or do anything they wanted. But then a law was passed last spring, everything becomes part of the permanent collection for future First Families. If they don't want it, it is given to the Smithsonian for permanent collections to be taken care of and displayed.
- When asked about what she thought was the best she replied I think everything in the White House should be the best.
In sum, the White House was always meant to be the People's House. Behind every painting, rug, furniture, chair, table, piano China, wallpaper, candelabra, art and sculptures, including the President and First Lady, every story becomes a permanent legacy. As I was viewing the rooms while listening and seeing Jackie Kennedy giving the people a tour, I paid more attention to the construction of the White House since its first beginnings. I was beginning to grasp a better understanding of the history of America, its occupants, and challenges with regards to architectural construction, defects, deficiencies, style, taste, motivation, sadness, and sorrow. But the one thing that will never change in my mind was how lucky I was to live in Jackie's time and what an impression she made on the American White House and all people.
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