Give him a blowjob?

I posted previously about new revelations regarding JFK’s sexual escapades, but mainly focused on TNC’s comments about the implications for ‘consent’, rather than the content of the story itself. But a book review (£) in The Sunday Times today makes revisiting it obligatory:

Mimi Alford was 19, and had only once been kissed by a boy, when President Kennedy deflowered her in the summer of 1962. He spotted her on her fourth day working as an intern in the White House press office… He offered her a tour of the house — a tour that led straight to a bedroom where he undressed her and pushed her down on the bed. Momentarily disconcerted to find she was a virgin, he at least had the grace to ask, “Are you okay?” before carrying on… Alford insists that it was not rape: “I wouldn’t describe what happened that night as making love. But I wouldn’t call it non-consensual, either.

Powers (Kennedy’s assistant) came to the rescue… when she thought she was pregnant (they never used contraception) and found her an abortionist — though it turned out to be a false alarm. But the darkest moment came when she was swimming with the president in the White House pool and Powers was sitting on the side. Kennedy told her that Powers looked rather tense and she should give him oral sex — which she did, with the president watching. But she was embarrassed afterwards and the president apologised. Nevertheless, he made exactly the same suggestion a year later, with his brother Teddy — but this time she refused.

TNC was right. It’s oh so tricky to pinpoint, but this just seems to reek of arrogance and callousness in the possession of power, and its employment for sheer pleasure. It just disturbs me that alarm bells about the nature of such a relationship could fail to ring loud and clear in the leader of the free world’s mind. Apparently he preferred to listen to his libido, rather than following minimal standards of moral decency.

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