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Caroline Kennedy on JFK's secret recordings

Caroline Kennedy on JFK's secret recordings
fifty years ago President

Kennedy

asked the CIA to install

secret

taping devices in the Oval Office many of his conversations with cabinet members and heads of state appear for the first time in a new book it's called listening in the

secret

White House

recordings

of John F

Kennedy

the president's daughter

Caroline

wrote the forward to the book and recently we talked about the tapes and listen to some of them including a letter that

kennedy

dictated to his wife about their daughter yes Jackie I'm divide this letter into two parts one type written on the other hand written I've written part to give you the news of my visit to Newport period I went up there last Friday afternoon and a line looked so beautiful that she was a great success on the beach and seemed to love the water what goes through your mind knowing that it's a father talking about his love for his daughter oh it's great the scene that he is describing is really familiar so it's really nice to be able to place both of us in that scene what did you learn about your dad listening in well I think I got first of all I got a much greater appreciation for him at work I think kids obvious what their parents do all day and so for me that's really in that way incredibly moving I mean I feel so lucky that there are so many

recordings

of him and and all that that give me a way to learn about or connect with him you said something interesting it's true no kid really knows what their...
caroline kennedy on jfk s secret recordings
parents do so here you are at the time of his death five going on six what did you think he did when did you know that he was President of the United States did you ever know that well I don't know I guess he became president when I was three it was just you know whatever where we lived what I did and remember dancing he would clap his hands and my brother and I would dance and and I remember you know it was a big treat to go over and be able to see him in his office some very serious things happened in the Oval Office of course one of them was a Cuban Missile Crisis very possible the Russians will fire at them as they board and we'd have to fire back and have quite a slaughter I would think we'd want two or three things first I think we want to have some control over cameras bought these boats so that we don't have a lot of people shooting a lot of pictures which in the press might be yeah with arson killer all a picture taken Ali on the boat yeah they all attorney that camera second antelope enough about the ship but where they ought to fire and whether they order put through three or four steps such as asked to stop they don't stop asking him to have their crew come above deck so that they don't be damaged three so that we have this reckon mate you surprised at how detailed he was I think that really came through in so many of these conversations his attention to detail and that was something that I had always heard about for my mother but I mean he...
caroline kennedy on jfk s secret recordings
was really paying attention to every bit of a lot of things would surprise to you about his attention to D well he just had a you know a incredible memory and incredible curiosity you know really always wanted to know everything about whatever was going on you know one thing that really struck me was his involvement in the civil rights I look at the country today there are so many people that don't know the history have no clue about the history of civil rights and here is your father speaking very passionately about a young black student who had been admitted to the University of Mississippi they were protesting on the grounds they did not want james Meredith there and your father was talking to the governor about that you gotta get order up there that's we love it they have please I don't you teach you even order a platter of movement how can I remove it governor when there's a riot in the street you may step out of that building and something happened to it like on tubulin to those conditions you could get order up there then we can do something Americans around it was linearization well we've got to get somebody up there now to get order and stop the firing and the shooting then when you and I were talking the phone about Meredith first we got to get order he's really mad and I and I know that tone of voice from my aunts and uncles and I think that you know civil rights really went from being an important but not heated issue at the very beginning...
caroline kennedy on jfk s secret recordings
of his presidency to the major domestic crisis of the 20th century and the moral issue of our time what do you think he would have thought of Barack Obama well I think one of the things that I think both of them shared was just bringing in a whole new generation to the democratic process and I think that that's really a significant accomplishment and legacy and we don't even know what all the people that Barack Obama inspired are going to contribute yeah are you ever overwhelmed by your legacy because you know when people think of

Kennedy

they think of Camelot they think of your mom they think of your dad they think of your brother and now you know of course we have you or you ever overwhelmed by now of course we have you do you know what I mean Carolina to you I know it are you ever overwhelmed by the legacy of that or do you go through thing you know it just isn't fair well I'm really proud of my family and my I mean my parents I can't imagine having better parents and a more wonderful brother so I feel really fortunate that those are my family and you know I wish they were here but my own family my children my husband are really my my real family and so we don't really think but you don't really think of larger entities right now we're just us right we're just us right 50 years later the

Kennedy

family is still very much in the news sometimes good sometimes bad and I'm wondering what's your first reaction when you get a call that...
says there's another

Kennedy

story coming up what's your first reaction to it let me see if I can guess what's about which reactions let me see if I can guess who it's about all right I have to say I know you're a member of team Maria I am Arnold just did an interview with 60 minutes where he's talking about his life and the end of his marriage what are your thoughts on that about him speaking I don't I don't have any thoughts to share on that you know what she said she said I actually have a lot of thoughts I'm just not going to share them with CBS this morning which I totally get you know anybody who's a member of team Maria just sort of wishes Arnold would stop talking as a sense that I get she is still incredibly very private and poised yeah yeah and what a treasure that she has got the tapes and shared them with us yeah very nice