Financial News Story of the Day – JFK: Ousted by Intern in ‘Once Upon a Secret’
Mimi Alford’s new book, ‘Once Upon a Secret,’ describes an affair she had with President John F. Kennedy as a 19-year old intern for the White House. Alford is 68 now, and last saw JFK a week before he was assassinated. It is interesting that the 2012 presidential election is the current day backdrop for the release of Alford’s book. A copy was sent to the New York Post before it becomes available to the public on Wednesday.
Excerpt: “In the summer of 1962, Alford was a slender, golden-haired 19-year-old debutante whose finishing-school polish and blueblood connections had landed her a job in the White House press office.
Four days into her internship, she was invited by an aide to go for a midday swim in the White House pool, where the handsome, 45-year-old president swam daily to ease chronic back pain. JFK slid into the pool and floated up to her.
“It’s Mimi, isn’t it?” he asked.
“Yes, sir,” she said.
“And you’re in the press office this summer, right?”
“Yes, sir, I am,” she replied.
Lightning had struck. Later that day, Mimi was invited by Dave Powers, the president’s “first friend” and later the longtime curator of the Kennedy Library in Boston, to an after-work party. When she arrived at the White House residence, Powers and two other young female staffers were waiting. Powers poured, and frequently refilled, her glass with daiquiris until the commander-in-chief arrived.
The president invited her for a personal tour. She got up, expecting the rest of the group to follow. They didn’t. He took her to “Mrs. Kennedy’s room.”
“I noticed he was moving closer and closer. I could feel his breath on my neck. He put his hand on my shoulder,” she recounts.”
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