“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
John F. Kennedy
Sixty years ago on June 24, 1953 the newspapers announced the engagement of the charismatic young senator, John F. Kennedy to the elegantly serene, Jacqueline Bouvier. Within a few short years, J.F.K. would become the 35th president of the United States and Jacqueline, at thirty-one, would become the most beloved First Lady.
Jacqueline’s passion for the arts and cultural traditions were reflected in her vision of restoring the White House to showcase the historical legacy of America’s most celebrated home. At the completion, Jacqueline gave a tour of the White House via a CBS Television broadcast. Eighty million Americans (and at least one Canadian – me) watched the broadcast.
Jacqueline became the Ambassador of Good Will throughout the world. Fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, her interest and genuine affection for other cultures earned her the love and respect of all she met. The world mourned with her when she lost her third child, Patrick Bourvier Kennedy, and shared her grief at losing her husband. Jacqueline’s courage and dignity, her resilient spirit and her display of love for her children throughout those difficult days was a testament to her intelligence, beauty and grace. She once said, “One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.”
“I love the Autumn,
And yet I cannot say
All the thoughts and things
That make me feel this way.