Friday is WHY day - Why Study Jackie Kennedy?

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"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

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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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Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... what so many people forget is just how young Jacqueline Kennedy was when she became First Lady and how young she was when she was widowed. Her knowledge of history, languages, arts was simply amazing for someone so young. 

Oct 13, 2023 05:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - history plays a role in many (maybe all) parts of life.   And it arrives over and over again.  Usually with some sort of twist.   

It is fascinating to me to learn what interests people.  Or is it interesting to me to learn what fascinates people?  Are they the same?  

Oct 13, 2023 06:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Patricia,

Jacqueline Kennedy was admired by the whole nation. It was a different time and so glad I was around to see and experience the depth of admiration. Even if one didn't like or vote for her husband for President there was respect for the both of them. It would have been offensive to to disrespect them....oh how our country has changed!

Oct 13, 2023 06:48 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Oct 13, 2023 07:21 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  It was very interesting how she was portrayed when watching her visit to Queen Elizabeth on the series on NETFLIX 

Oct 13, 2023 08:27 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Those were looked upon as magical years "Camelot" We had a young charismatic President with a well-heeled and beautiful wife. But then we were all young and idyllic.


Oct 13, 2023 08:40 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I remember Jackie Kennedy stating the White House was the People's House. She made a concentrated effort to showcase that House to the best of her ability.

Oct 13, 2023 11:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - Jackie was classy! Authentic! Well educated! She was admired by the multitudes for her grace and courage.

From the clip of the White House Tour it was announced during the introduction Jackie Kennedy was the 3rd youngest First Lady at that time in 1962. I don't think any other First Lady had such a powerful influence both domestically or by international standards. Watching her in that live television show, she documented facts I did not know. It was really good to revisit. She was the most accomplished woman in history and always lived by higher standards without arrogance. 

Oct 13, 2023 02:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP she was a very nice person. My husband has met her and one of my oldest friends has met her... both said she was very low key and very nice.

Oct 14, 2023 04:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - now you're talking like an historian! What I liked best about watching the 1962 "Jackie Kennedy White House Tour," is that it wasn't edited, plus it is still in black and white! My! How things have changed. Do you remember how excited people were when one part of the Wizard of Oz switched from black and white to color?

The work Jackie put into making improvements to the White House was documented for a TV show in February 1962. As an adult viewer it was very educational! I wasn't aware her days in the White House were dedicated to making sure everything inside it was the best. She brought attention to our American heritage, with pride in an excellent presentation. Also, she gave credit for contributions by other First Ladies. There was even a separate work room to do the upholstery. I also did not know that every piece inside the White House was curated and cataloged. It was very interesting! 

Oct 13, 2023 03:14 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia she was always a mystery lady to me, and not in the forefront of things like recent First Ladies have been.

Oct 13, 2023 03:53 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hello George Souto - Jackie Kennedy did not have much time in the White House before JFK was assassinated, barely past his first thousand days in office. If you haven't seen the Tour Jackie gave of the White House on 2/14/1962, I hope you'll have a chance to watch it. 

Oct 13, 2023 06:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  what an awesome post and I remember when she married Onassis and the world was upset, Endre

Oct 13, 2023 09:33 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, seems to have been an interesting lady for sure.  I hope that you are having a nice weekend!

Oct 14, 2023 05:34 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I was a young kid when Kennedy's were in the White House. I loved Jackie Bouvier Kennedy and her mentorship to young girls was larger than she would ever know. 

"Grace under pressure" , is what I think of her.

Still today I read a lot of books on JFK life and assassination. 

Oct 14, 2023 06:06 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - I also remember the annomosity in the media towards her after dating and marrying Onassis. They (media and people alike) came after her like a force of magic bullets that no doubt were very hurtful to her children. 

After being enrolled in the JFK60 Series and learning more about the declassified documents released with witnesses coming forth to tell what really happened, it has me wondering if (and again, it's just a mother's instinct) if she did that to protect her children to keep them safe and herself. That woman came so close to death herself, one tire bump, one movement to lean in towards JFK could have ended her life.  

Oct 14, 2023 08:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - history tells interesting stories. For example, towards the end of the 1962 White House Tour with Jackie, she stands in front of a large painting of George Washington. Just when the person giving the interview thought he was done, she had more to say about it and pointed things out that most people would never know about the painting! 

If was all so interesting. If you haven't done so already, I do hope one day, you will take the time to watch it and learn about all the previous history to our country, the United States of America. 

Oct 14, 2023 09:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

faye schubert - I'm guessing we are about the same age. Little girls everywhere that I knew admired the First Lady. Jackie was so unlike my mom and mothers from my neighborhood who were truly Housewives with aprons, slaving in the kitchen, and waited for new Kitchen Appliances to make their lives easier.  

Do you remember "Father Knows Best?" Well, when I was a little girl, I always thought that when it comes to being a woman, Jackie knew best! My friends felt the same way. Some were lucky to attend Etiquette Schools on weekends, like Charm School, Patricia Stevens, and Finishing Schools. What I do remember is that we training at etiquette schools or learned from friends who went, how to dress with modesty and class, walk, talk, and eat properly. We also learned by practicing eating at the dinner table, and using proper English, modeling good behavior. 

Oct 14, 2023 09:17 AM