“It was a very mean year.”
The Space Race, Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall, Nuclear Detonations
A Presidential Inauguration
Friday, January 20, 1961
John F. Kennedy’s inauguration gala ball is going full blast. Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford arrange and host a pre-inaugural ball at the D.C. Armory. This is the biggest party ever held in Washington, D.C., at this time. Sinatra brings together many Hollywood stars that perform and attend. Frank even goes as far as convincing Broadway theater producers to suspend their shows for the night to allow some of the actors to be in the gala. With ticket prices ranging from $100 per person to $10,000 per group, Sinatra hopes to raise $1.7 million ($13.9 million in today’s dollars) for the Democratic Party.
Many Hollywood stars give speeches or perform acts. Performances and speeches include Fredric March, Sidney Poitier, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Bill Dana, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Harry Belafonte, and Sinatra himself.
Sammy Davis, Jr., a long-time friend of Frank Sinatra, supporter of the Democratic Party, and member of the Rat Pack, is asked by John F. Kennedy not to attend the gala per his father Joseph’s wishes. Joe is afraid that Sammy’s interracial marriage to Swedish actress May Britt is too shocking for the time and event, much to Sammy’s and Sinatra’s sadness. Davis even postpones his wedding to Britt until after the election, also at the request of the Kennedy campaign.
After being rudely snubbed by JFK, Sammy Davis, Jr., switches his support to the Republican Party and Richard Nixon. Harry Belafonte expresses dismay at the storm, stating, “Sammy not being there is a loss.”
At the end of the inaugural ball, Kennedy thanks Sinatra for the festive celebration and his support of the Democratic Party throughout the 1960 campaign. Jackie Kennedy goes to bed in the White House before the ball ends at 1:30 a.m. But Jack isn’t ready for the party to end. He goes to a second pre-inaugural ball his father Joseph Kennedy is throwing and doesn’t return to the White House until around 3:30 a.m.
Behind the scenes, Kennedy engages in private sexual escapades in the White House, Palm Beach, Malibu, Manhattan, and Palm Springs. Jackie knows what is going on and reluctantly accepts it. But JFK also has several secret lovers who are part of his and Jackie’s inner circle, including Helen Chavchavadze, a 27-year-old brunette divorcée with two young daughters. She is the first cousin of John Husted, the man Jackie dumped to marry Jack, as well as a classmate of Jackie’s sister, Lee Farmington. Helen “is just gorgeous,” says Ben Bradlee, “totally pretty, well educated, and interesting.”
A few weeks later
A few weeks after the inauguration, JFK walks into Helen Chavchavadze’s house, which is across the street from his church in Georgetown, with Florida senator George Smathers. “By his appearance he was saying, ‘I am a free man. The Secret Service is not going to stop me,’” Chavchavadze said. Kennedy invites her for intimate evenings when Jackie is away, and Jackie would include her on the guest lists for dinner dances and small dinner parties at the White House. “I never knew if Jackie knew, but I felt uncomfortable about her,” said Chavchavadze. “I always felt ambivalent and wanted to end it…I was never someone who had extramarital affairs. It was not my style, but it was irresistible with Jack.”
President Kennedy, who already has a revolving harem, is such a greedy sex maniac that he takes the girlfriend of Time magazine’s most famous editor, Bill Brammer. Just a few months after Kennedy’s inauguration, Time magazine’s Washington bureau learns that the young woman Brammer is dating, Diana de Vegh, is also having an affair with the President.
Brammer asks her why she did it. “Nothing will come of it,” she replies, “but he has a hold on me.”
“What kind of hold?” Brammer asks.
“Power,” she answers.
Saturday, January 21, 1961
Jackie Kennedy hires Pamela Turnure as her press secretary and White House staffer. Turnure is supposed to be off-limits to JFK, as she is Jackie’s press secretary. However, not even the first lady’s staff is exempt from the roaming eye of the president, and Turnure, a Georgetown girl who is said to look like Jackie, reportedly sleeps with him from 1961 to 1963, beginning when she was 21. Turnure was originally JFK’s secretary when he was a senator. Turnure got the White House job thanks to JFK, who somehow managed to convince Jackie to hire her. When Jackie is gone, Turnure spends nights with the president over a 3-year period.
Sometime late in 1961, Ellen Rometsch becomes one of the working girls at the Quorum Club, located in a three-room suite at the Carroll Arms Hotel, just across the street from the new Senate Office Building. This is a private social club run by Bobby Baker, a former aide to Lyndon Johnson now coming under suspicion for influence peddling. The senators and congressmen along with other club members know her as girl who can show you a good time. What they don’t know is that she’s an East German Communist spy.
The Quorum Club’s central location in a suite at the Carroll Arms Hotel is an easy walk for the power brokers from the Capitol Building.
The affair between Rometsch and JFK starts in 1961 and continues for some time. However, FBI agents get wind of it and put Rometsch under surveillance. They discover that she attends naked pool parties at the White House and on more than one occasion goes to the White House residence solely for the purpose of having sex with the president. J. Edgar Hoover believes that the affair is compromising national security.
Tuesday, January 24, 1961
Miss Deirdre Henderson, who is 24 years old at the time, is given an appointment with JFK. She is helping him write a journal of his pre-war years in Europe. She is also helping him fulfill his sexual needs. She and Jack take only five minutes to conclude their sexual interlude.
After lunch, the President takes a tour of the Shelter Areas of the White House led by Commander Tazwell Shepard and members of the White House staff. At the end of the tour everyone goes back to his or her normal White House activities. Jack returns to one of the Shelters where Pamela Turnure is waiting. Five minutes is all that is needed for the President’s sex fix. It is over by 3:55 p.m.
At 4:45 p.m., Carmin Belino, who specializes in dealing with organized crime and corrupt trade union officials, visits with Jack for only fifteen minutes, just enough time for Jack to be reminded that his father’s wish came true only with help from the Chicago Outfit, so don’t forget the favor.
Friday, January 27, 1961
Miss Pamela Turnure again visits Jack in his office at 4:45 p.m. It will all be over in less than 15 minutes.
Tuesday, January 31,1961
Alicia Darr is in Rome telling of an early sexual relationship with John F. Kennedy in a conversation with the Italian weekly Le Ore and says she could have been the first lady. The FBI attaché in Rome advises J. Edgar Hoover of the article and indicates that Alicia “is saying that the release of more information is to come soon.”
On this same day, the U.S. goes ahead in the Space Race with the Soviet Union. The chimpanzee Ham, the first humanlike animal is successfully sent into outer space and returns unharmed. His flight is 16 minutes and 39 seconds long. Ham is being tested to see if tasks can be performed in space. His lever-pushing performance while aloft is only a fraction of a second slower than on Earth, demonstrating that tasks can be performed in space
Friday, February 3, 1961
William (Bill) Thompson meets with JFK in the White House to discuss the possible meeting with Ellen Rometsch which would be handled by Bobby Baker through the Quorum Club.
Later in the evening, the President sneaks away from the Secret Service to see the movie “Spartacus with his old PT-109 pal Red Fay.
Saturday, Feb 4, 1961
JFK, and Caroline welcome Jackie and 10-week-old John Jr. to the White House. It’s the first time his son has been to the White House.
Tuesday, February 7, 1961
Wednesday, February 8, 1961
Friday, February 10, 1961
Saturday, February 11, 1961
Miss Janet Derossiers has a quick massage session with JFK. She was Joe Kennedy’s mistress and became the stewardess and a secretary on Jack’s presidential campaign plane. On the plane, Desrossiers often massaged Jack’s feet and hands and that’s not all that happened behind closed doors. Many reporters think she must have been having sex with him.
At 12:25pm JFK is in the helicopter to Glen Ora, Middleburg, Virginia and arrived at 1:07pm. He returns to the White House on Monday, February 13, 1961 via land. He leaves the farm at 10:52am and arrives at Noon to the White House.
Saturday, February 18, 1961
JFK meets with Paul (Red) Fay an ex PT boat commander with JFK at noon. They will depart the White House at 10:30pm to the Sheraton Carlton Hotel to supposedly buy a newspaper? Jackie is left in the White House while Jack is at the Carlton Hotel.
Sunday, February, 19,1961
JFK and family take the helicopter to Glen Ora. on Monday the following day JFK alone, flies 25 minutes back to the White House. Pamela Turnure is waiting in the White House pool.
Wednesday, February 22, 1961
JFK, Red Fay, George Smathers and Stuart Symington play golf at Chevy Chase Country Club
Thursday, February 23, 1961
Friday, February 24, 1961
JFK has dinner at 7:45 with Lem Billings & Rip Horton (all old JFK buddies)
Saturday, February 25, 1961
JFK goes golfing with Paul (Red) Fay, George Smathers & Stuart Symington. – They play 9 holes at Burning Tree Country Club. That evening he has a dinner at the Sheraton Park Hotel, then back to White House by 11.15pm
Saturday, February 25, 1961
JFK motors to Glen Ora to see Jackie. He drives with Dr. Janet Travell. Then takes the helicopter back to the White House without Jackie. She stays at Glen Ora alone with Caroline.
Monday, February 27, 1961
Miss Deidre Henderson research assistant meets with JFK at 6:50 PM at the White House and then a quick dip in the pool, just the two of them,
Wednesday, March 1,1961
JFK signs Executive Order 10924 establishing the Peace Corps. The purpose of the Peace Corps is to provide technical assistance and help people outside the United States to understand American culture. Kennedy sees the Peace Corps as a means of countering the “Ugly American ” and “Yankee imperialism,” image in the emerging nations of post-colonial Africa and Asia.
Saturday, March 4, 1961
From 7:30 PM – 11:14 PM JFK, Lem Billings and Rip Horton motor around Washington and Virginia like a couple of old college pals.
Saturday, March 11, 1961
Monday, March 13, 1961
JFK, Jackie and Caroline helicopter from Glen Ora to the White House. After meeting with Bobby, Kenny O’Donnell and Ted Sorenson, Kennedy takes on more meetings with different Congressmen and an afternoon meeting with Willy Brandt, Mayor of West Berlin.
Friday, March 17 1961
St. Patrick’s Day is business as usual. JFK has a morning breakfast with McGeorge Bundy, Ted Sorenson and Dean Rusk. The rest of the day are scheduled meetings with various state congressmen and a taping session with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Then late in the evening a testimonial dinner for Ted Reardon
LBJ presents a pony to Caroline Kennedy at the Ranch of George Brown’s Huntland Farms in Virginia.
Wednesday, March 15, 1961
White House hosts a dinner dance. Jackie dances just once with Jack, who typically feels uncomfortable on the dance floor. Instead, he “moves from one group to another, a glass of champagne in his hand. “Champagne flows out of every available crevice,” the evening has a “slight speakeasy quality since the whole thing is suppose to be kept quiet because of Lent.” Sitting on either side of the president are the famous Pinchot sisters, Ben Bradlee’s wife, Tony, and her sister Mary Meyer, two of Washington’s most alluring women. Tony already knows that Jack Kennedy is attracted to her, because he makes several unsuccessful passes. Afterward he links arms with Mary and Tony, and when they enter the Blue Room he exclaims, “Well, girls, what did you think of that?”
Thursday, March 16, 1961
Thursday, March 23, 1961
Saturday, March 25, 1961
At 5:18 PM, JFK without Jackie flies to Palm Beach Florida for the weekend. On the flight are Lem Billings, Miss Helen Lempart and Sue Mortensen. They are met by Joe Kennedy and taken to his home in Palm Beach.
Sunday, March 26, 1961
Thursday, March 30, 1961
JFK flies from Washington DC to Palm Beach Florida and arrives at 11:30am. Miss Jill Cowen (Faddle) is on board. Miss Cowen is along for the ride to service the Presidents sexual needs.
Upon arriving in Palm Beach, FK meets up with his father and Peter Lawford. They then meet up with Bing Crosby to play 9 holes of golf at the Palm Beach Country Club. They view the movie “One Eyed Jacks at the Residence that evening.
Friday. March 31, 1961
JFK, Jackie, Peter Lawford and Mrs. Sargent Schriver go to the Palm Beach Country Club for lunch and meet up with Bing Crosby to play 11 holes of golf
Tuesday, April 4, 1961
JFK is in Palm Beach visiting his father Joseph. By 11am he is playing golf with his two brothers in laws, Peter Lawford and Steven Smith. By 4:30pm JFK has landed at the White House and is back in the Oval Office.
Wednesday, April 12, 1961
The Soviet’s take over first place in the Space Race with the United States. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space, orbiting the Earth once in his space capsule Vostok 1. Gagarin becomes an instant international celebrity finding himself on the cover of Time Magazine. Gagarin is awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honor.
Saturday, April 15, 1961
A group of Cuban exiles take off from Nicaragua in a squadron of American B-26 bombers, painted to look like stolen Cuban planes, and manage a strike against Cuban airfields. But, it turns out that Castro knows about the raid and moves his planes out of harms way. Kennedy starts to suspect that the CIA plan is not what it’s supposed to be. He begins to think it’s not clandestine and in fact it might be “too small to be successful.”
Monday, April 17, 1961
After two years of the CIA trying to rid itself of Fidel Castro, they launch what its leaders believe will be the definitive blow. An invasion of Cuba by 1,400 American-trained Cubans who left their homes when Castro came to power is leading the charge. However, the invasion does not go well. Jack Ruby tips off Castro to the on coming invaders and Castro is waiting on the beach with his army.
The first phase of the plan is to destroy Castro’s tiny air force, making it impossible for Castro’s army to fight the invaders.
But it is too late to stop anything now. On April 17, the Cuban exile army begins its invasion at an isolated spot known as the Bay of Pigs. Almost immediately, the invasion is a disaster. The CIA wants to keep it a secret for as long as possible, but a Cuban military radio station on the beach broadcasts every detail of the operation to listeners across Cuba.
Backup paratroopers land in the wrong places. Before long, Castro’s troops have the exiles pinned on the beach, and they surrender after less than a day of fighting.
Two days later, JFK tell the people of the United States that he is to be blamed for the failure of the Bay of Pigs. The Cuban community in the U.S. will never forget this.
Wednesday/Thursday. April 18-19,1961
From Midnight until 2:46am JFK is in a meeting about the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Situation. At 5:00pm there is a meeting with the Former Prime Minister of Cuba now head of Anti Castro Revolution Council of Cubans- Jose Miro Cardona. Also at the meeting is Antonio Verona, Justo Carrillo, and Antonio Maceo, Manuel Rey, Carlos Heira
They meet again from 10:57pm-12: 31pm.
Friday, April 21,1961
At 5:44pm, journalist Lester Markel is having a private meeting concerning Marilyn Monroe. Lester is a good friend of Marilyn’s.
Saturday, April 22,1961
JFK takes the helicopter from the White House to Camp David, a 30 minutes flight. Kennedy at 1pm meets with Dwight D Eisenhower until 2:30pm concerning the Cuban fiasco.
After the meeting with Eisenhower, JFK is motored over to the Aspen Cottage and inspects the underground fallout shelter. By 5:00pm JFK is taking the helicopter to the Glen Ora Farm and stays there until Monday April 24 when he flies back to the White House.
After the disastrous CIA’s Bay of Pigs invasion, JFK desperately needs to get rid of Castro. The problem is he has to do it a way not to cause World War III with the Russians. By now he’s lost all faith in his military advisors but still needs a quick solution. So, Kennedy calls Judith Campbell in California. He asks Campbell to fly to Las Vegas and arrange a meeting with himself and Sam Giancana. He thinks the mafia might want to help kill Castro and get the casinos back in Havana. The meeting is to take place in her suite at the Ambassador East the following week in Chicago.
Thursday, April 27, 1961
JFK is in New York for a meeting and staying at the Hotel Carlyle
Friday, April 28, 1961
JFK meets with J Edgar Hoover in suite 31A at the Waldorf Astoria then afterwards with General Douglas MacArthur. Later that day he meets with Dag Hammerskjold and Adlai Stevenson. At 3:20pm JFK flies to Chicago to speak at a Cook County Democratic Fund raising Dinner at McCormick Place. On the flight is Helen Lempart one of his young female aides.
Judith Campbell is in her hotel suite at the Ambassador prior to the JFK dinner when Giancana arrives. Upon arriving, JFK walks over to Sam Giancana and shake hands Shortly thereafter, Campbell then goes into the bathroom, sits on the edge of the tub and waits until they finish. After the meeting, JFK puts his arms around Campbell and tells her he cannot stay with her this evening, it’s a short trip. She learns later that JFK is giving Giancana the “Green Light” to assassinate Fidel Castro.
By Saturday at 1am in the morning JFK is back to Washington.
Saturday, April 29, 1961
JFK and family fly from the White House to the Glen Ora, farm.
The following day, Kennedy asks, Campbell to fly to Miami.
Sunday, April 30, 1961
Wednsday, May 3, 1961
Thursday, May 4, 1961
JFK and Tunisian President Habib-Bourguiba spend most of the morning discussing the foreign relations between the two countries.
Also, today, Judith Campbell picks up another envelope from Giancana in Chicago and returns to Washington the following evening. She calls the White House and asks for Evelyn Lincoln, who connects here immediately to the President.
Friday, May 5, 1961
Campbell that afternoon travels to the White House just like she is instructed. “We were scheduled to have lunch at the White House on Saturday, May 6, but he said the envelope couldn’t wait, so I took it to him Friday May 5th in the afternoon. I took a taxi to the West Entrance, checked in with the guards, and was escorted to the Cabinet Room by a Kenny O’Donnell.
I gave Jack the envelope and he teasingly asked me if I had had a nice time in Florida. ‘Did you have to spend that much time down there?’ he said. Judith replies, “I was there for you, Jack.’ JFK replies, “How’s Sam? Now I don’t want you to get too friendly with him. Don’t let him turn your head.” After a few pleasantries, the usual quickie begins with JFK finishing first.
Saturday, May 6, 1961
Sunday, May 7, 1961
“ The Nooky Room ”
On Sunday, Campbell goes to the White House for lunch. She is taken to the family quarters, where she and Dave Powers chitchat while Kennedy takes a swim with one of the new girls just beginning her job in the White House. The Commander in Chief breaks in all the new hired help when possible. He to see just how far they will go with him.
Over hamburgers in the family dining room, Kennedy asks Campbell about Sinatra. ” ‘How’s Frank?’ he asks. ‘What’s he doing? Who’s he seeing?’ He loves Hollywood gossip, and is avidly curious about everything, but especially about Frank and his love life,” Campbell remembers. Frank respects Jack’s background and his power as President, and Jack is fascinated by Sinatra’s swinging lifestyle.
After lunch, Kennedy takes Campbell into the master bedroom. There were twin beds, she reports. Jack then leads her through an alcove to Jackie’s bedroom with a large double bed and they make love.
As he is escorting her out, Kennedy gives Campbell an envelope he wants delivered to Giancana.
These are the travel times written in Campbell’s May 6, 1961 agenda. (Times EST)
6:00pm a White House car to airport (Washington D.C.)
7:40 pm Dinner in Chicago with Sam Giancana
8; 40pm Leave Chicago for Las Vegas
9:40pm Arrive in Las Vegas
For days and sometimes weeks at a time that spring and summer, Campbell crisscrosses the country by train and plane carrying plain 9″ x 12″ manila envelopes from Kennedy to Giancana and Roselli and back again. “They are closed but not taped,” says Campbell.
Campbell later explains, “There was no writing on them, no labels, no stamped address, nothing. They weighed about as much as a weekly magazine and felt as if they contained papers, but I don’t know for sure because I never looked inside. It never occurred to me to do something like that. I always carried them in my purse so they didn’t have to be checked or handled by anyone else. I never put them in a hotel safe or anything like that because I didn’t want to let them out of my possession. I didn’t know what they contained, but I knew that the contents were very important to Jack.”
The intelligence data, which she carries in envelopes to Giancana, concerns the plot to assassinate Castro. In fact, the CIA-Mafia plan to kill the Cuban leader has Kennedy`s direct involvement from the beginning Campbell says. “Fairly early on, Jack told me outright. He said the envelopes has intelligence material` and that it involves the removal of Fidel Castro. I was right in the middle of my relationship with him, and I loved him. He was also the president, and I don`t think I felt qualified to question him. I was a young woman in my 20s, and I was not that deeply into politics. But I knew what was going on, and Jack knew. Jack fully participated in the CIA involvement with the underworld. “It finally dawned on me that I was probably helping Jack orchestrate the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro with the help of the Mafia,”
The White House telephone logs show at least one phone call from Sam’s home outside Chicago to the White House. Campbell believes that Kennedy and Giancana met at the White House more than once. She later recalls, “If they did, Sam probably signed in under one of his aliases, like Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Gold or Sam Flood,”
There is an unofficial back door to the Oval Office that is supervised by Kenny O’Donnell, and there are no logs kept on this location. Campbell says she agreed to pick up one more envelopes from Giancana and Roselli and bring it back to the White House. Jack tells her he will get back to her on when she has to go.
Monday, May 8, 1961
The President and Mrs. Kennedy fly from Glen Ora to the White House. In the morning JFK presents Alan B. Shepherd receive the Distinguished Service Medal of NASA
Tuesday, May 9, 1961
JFK meets with William Pawley in the White House. Pawley deals with world leaders on sensitive national security matters, such as backdoor diplomacy and black operations in the Dominican Republic under Rafael Trujillo, in Cuba at the time of Fidel Castro’s takeover, and in a plot to overthrow the Guatemalan government in 1954. Pawley finances Operation Red Cross, a secret effort to help Russian missile officers defect from Cuba to the United States. This episode, involving a cast of characters from Mafia members to soldiers of fortune that ultimately fails to bring any missile officers from Cuba.
Thursday, May11, 1961
JFK and Jackie fly to W. Palm Beach where they play golf and end up at the residence of Earl T. Smith (Flo ‘s Pritchett Smith’s home) on Friday afternoon spending the weekend playing and fun together. Flo Pritchett is one of Jacks long time mistresses. She was seeing Kennedy in 1956 and 1957 in Havana when her husband was Ambassador to Cuba.
JFK & Jackie fly back to D.C. on Monday arriving at the White House by 4:30pm Monday May 15.
Tuesday-Thursday, May16-18, 1961
JFK and Jackie Kennedy fly to Ottawa. Canada to strengthen relations with Americas northern neighbor.
Saturday, May20, 1961
JFK still working in the White House one evening meets up with Marguerite Higgins, an American reporter with the N.Y Herald Tribune. She covered the War in Korea and is familiar with Vietnam. She is also very attractive and we know what that means with Jack Kennedy. By 1:00pm JFK helicopters to Glen Ora for the weekend. Monday, May 21, JFK returns to the White House alone.
Wednesday, May 24, 1961
The King of Monaco and Princes Grace visit JFK and Jackie at the White House.
Thursday, May 25, 1961
President Kennedy announces the Apollo program, a response to the Russian claim to be winning the Space Race, having the first man orbit the earth in outer space, with the successful flight of Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gargarin. Only three week after the Soviet feat, on May 5, Alan Shepard is the first American into outer space. JFK in a very direct way challenges the Russians to a Race to the Moon. The American public up to this point feels the U.S. is loosing in the space program.
Saturday, May 27th, 1961
JFK has a birthday party at 8:30pm with entertainment by Jerry Lewis at the National Guard Armory. President Harry Truman is also there. After the celebration JFK boards a helicopter to Hyannis Port and stays at his father’s residence until Monday. Then on Monday May 29 he flies to Boston for a birthday dinner at the Statler Hilton Hotel.
Sunday, May 28, 1961
Douglas Edwards with the News. Douglas Edwards is making his announcement on TV that President Kennedy will be leaving on a historic summit in Vienna with Primer Nikita Khrushchev. First stop will be a 3-day visit in Paris with Charles de Gaulle.
Tuesday, May 30, 1961
JFK flies from Boston to NYC for the World Health Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. After the dinner JFK & Jackie board Air Force one for Paris.
Wednesday, May 31,1961
Air Force One lands at Orly Airport in Paris. The president is just completing five months into his term of office. This is his first European stop. French President Charles De Gaulle and Madame De Gaulle greet them. As soon as the crowds along the streets of Paris spot Jackie, they brake into the chant: ‘Vive Jacqui! Vive Jacqui!
Later, during the official luncheon at the Palais de L’Elysée, Jackie speaks in French about Louis XVI, the Bourbons, and French geography. De Gaulle replies to JFK: “Your wife knows more French history than any Frenchwoman! ”
Day two, the French Cultural Minister Malraux arranges a tour for the first lady while the president is to visit French historical sites.
But at the last minute, Kennedy begs off, claiming a flare-up of his infamously bad back and saying that he needs to visit a French pain specialist. While they are dressing for the afternoon’s affair the President continues rubbing his back which is the usual way of letting Jackie know that his back is hurting him. Jackie comes into the room from the bathroom. She is totally made up and ready to go. JFK is still in his underwear with the back brace. He’s not going with her. She tells him not to worry; she’ll cover for him like she always does.
Jackie leaves the room and JFK quickly gets out of his back brace. Drops his drawers and quickly goes to the shower. Still wearing a towel, JFK picks up the house phone.
Jack doesn’t feel great. His back pain is excruciating. That’s why, on this trip to Europe, Jack had brings New York physician Max Jacobson along. His moniker is “ Dr. Feelgood. Presidential photographer and friend Mark Shaw mentions Dr. Jacobson to JFK. Jacobson’s “miracle injections” immediately stop JFK’s pain. Jack comments, “I don’t care if it’s horse piss,” when told the drug concoctions were harmful. “It’s the only thing that works.”