Before getting into the details here, I will say that John F. Kennedy is not with us anymore to defend himself. This is all based on what a 68 year old woman now remembers happened when she was 19. What’s the truth of the matter? No one will ever know for sure, 50 years later!! Is it worthy of reporting on, blogging about, or stimulating discussion…you bet!
Over the last week, a young lady currently 68 years old, by the name of Mimi Alford who was a 19 year old intern in the Summer of 1962 at the White House during John F. Kennedy’s Presidency has release her new book (maiden name Mimi Beardsley).
In her book she describes how JFK took her on a “tour” of the private residence at the White House. She claims JFK sat her on the First Lady’s bed and had sex with her, taking her virginity.
Here is some of the report and transcript of Mimi’s interview today with Ann Curry on the Today Show (NBC) and the link to the article I’m borrowing the quotes from (Gotta give proper props to Ann Curry for a great interview!), as well as Britain’s Daily Mail:
***** Less than a week into her internship, she was invited to a pool party by JFK aide David Powers. She claims Powers served her daiquiris before Kennedy gave her a private tour of the White House that included Jackie Kennedy’s bedroom, where he took her virginity.
When she momentarily resisted his advances, Kennedy asked: ‘Haven’t you done this before?’, to which she replied: ‘No.’ He continued anyway, she says, adding: ‘On the ride home, it kept echoing in my head, I’m not a virgin any more.
***** She never called him by his first name, always using “Mr. President”, and he never kissed her once during the course of the relationship that began in the summer of 1962. She also claims he coaxed her to perform sexual favors on his friends.
***** “I was 19, (and) he was 45, but I accepted that imbalance because I think I felt very special having been included (in JFK’s inner circle),” Alford told Curry. “You have to understand what it was like to be in the White House at that time. This is President Kennedy. I was being included in the small group of people that knew him. It was almost like being swept away.”
***** Alford was a senior at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut in 1961 when she first visited the White House. As the editor of the school newspaper, she was hoping to get an interview with Jackie Kennedy, who was a graduate of the school.
She ended up interviewing Mrs. Kennedy’s social secretary instead and briefly met the president. A year later, in her freshman year at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, she received an offer to be a White House intern despite never having applied for the position.
***** “(I was) really feeling as if I was being pulled by a magnet,’’ Alford said. “It wasn’t something that I had planned, certainly not something that I was expecting to have happened. On the other hand, I think I allowed it to happen.
“I think I was taken by surprise, and if I can recall my feelings from that moment, it was almost what I was supposed to be doing. It was very odd to feel that way. I didn’t say no, and I didn’t feel like I was really being forced.”
***** “He was extremely powerful, he was very alluring, he made me feel as If I was the only person in his presence and if that’s an abuse of power, yes, but I didn’t ever feel abused,’’ she said.
***** Kennedy’s Secret Service men were aware of the affair — especially when Alford slept over — but she said she has no idea how many people knew about it.
***** “The thing that is so amazing to me is that it all felt very natural,’’ she said. “I didn’t feel like I was really hiding. I felt like it was natural.’’
***** She claim that she was upstairs in the president’s bedroom while he was negotiating with Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis.
***** She admits: ‘The fact that I was being desired by the most famous and powerful man in America only amplified my feelings to the point where resistance was out of the question.’
***** She also tells of how JFK asked her to ‘take care’ of his friends Powers who ‘looked a little tense’ while they were swimming in the White House pool.
‘It was a dare, but I knew exactly what he meant. This was a challenge to give Dave Powers oral sex. I don’t think the president thought I’d do it, but I’m ashamed to say that I did… The president silently watched,’ she said.
***** When she thought – wrongly – that she was pregnant by the president, that same aide arranged for her to see an abortion doctor, even though abortion was illegal at the time.
***** Their affair began in the summer of 1962, lasting until Kennedy was assassinated the following November. Mrs Alford, then just 19 years old and with the maiden name Beardsley, had begun a job in the president’s press office. Alford said she saw President Kennedy for the final time at The Carlyle hotel in Manhattan on November 15, 1963, just a week before his assassination in Dallas.
At this point she was due to be married to her college sweetheart, Tony Fahnestock.
There is more to this account/accusation but you get the point that the former Miss Beardsley is making and the gist of her story.
I don’t even know where to begin in analyzing this! So, I’ll just jump right in!
First, is this a true account? Is Mimi Alford a nut? Has her memory of the events been 50 years later blurred to a point where it’s fantasy? My guess, is not. I would suspect there is much truth to the account.
So then what does this mean?
Is this Rape?
Awwww, and their you have it. The fine line between scumbag and President. The fine line between normal citizen doing the same thing and going to jail, and a President doing it. Oh wait, normal people can’t “get away” with this! So, why should a President!!
The “this”, is called RAPE Mr President! But wait! Is it? Maybe it’s better described as, “taking advantage of your power and circumstance”!
Miss Beardsley didn’t say “NO!”, “STOP!”. She didn’t yell out, hey Secret Service this good looking, charming, successful, rich, creepy mid-aged guy is taking off my clothes on his wife’s bed! She didn’t reach back and deliver a hay-maker punch to his kisser of this gent with the perfect smile. She didn’t stand up and kick him in his Ivy League gonads! No, she sat their and took the banging like a good girl!
But wait again as their is more! T he Defense’s opening statements are not done yet. Not only did Miss Beardsley “offer” to be, and “go along” with being Raped by Mr President, she came back for more! She was, “captivated”, “enthralled”, “over-come by his “power”, and could not possibly say no to him, in her own words. Then she blew his assistant just for good measure to make sure everyone knew all this was against everything she ever dreamed of. Game over! This is a 1962, SLUT who wanted to be f*cked! She was just waiting for her Prince Charming to come along, and he did.
After-all, isn’t that what all American women are taught in our society?! That Prince Charming will come along some day? That when you meet him, you should bat your eyelashes, smile at him, and flirt with him?! Doesn’t American society teach out young women that wealth, power, money, are the things that all Prince Charmings have?!
Hello McFly!!….President, hot wife, power, good looks, charming, wealthy, the most powerful man on Earth, ……if anyone was Prince Charming in 1962, it was JFK! Can you blame the girl? She probably left out the part of the story in her book which was that she was butt naked in Jackie’s bed spread eagle before John even had his shoes off!
Can you blame “John”? Can you blame David Powers? After-all, what are buddies for if not to get all the cute girls a little tipsy so the quarterback can come in and bag the babes, then offer your buddy sloppy seconds! She was over 18 and willing. It sounds like the entire staff was having drinks down the hall. It’s not like you drugged the slut! It’s not like you took her out into the woods and tied her to a tree! For god’s sake, you’re in the White House with security, secretaries, staff, and someone is ALWAYS watching!
Who gets to decide if Rape is Rape?
“Rape” in our society does not have a clear definition in my opinion!
Sure, there is the obvious of being sexually attacked. Sure, there is being forced to have sex, when you clearly say “no”, or “stop”. Sure, taking advantage of people who are impaired in some way (alcohol, drugs, or other), or someone under the age of 18 and considered not mature enough to make a decision for themselves, (as USA law is currently written).
But, what about this circumstance?
* She’s over 18
* She never says no, or stop
* She clearly has multiple “escape” options
* She never resists
* She is not overly intoxicated
How about afterwords?
* She comes back for more and more
* She services his friends
* She doesn’t seem to be regretful or traumatized in anyway
* She clearly wants to be with “Mr President”
* She is “two-timing” Tony Fahnestock, her college sweetheart at the time and eventual fiance.
All of this to me would say, this is not “Rape”.
But something is just disturbing about this to me!
Does a person have a right to take advantage of their “position”, “power”, and seduce the opposite sex? Does a person have the right to take advantage of their good looks, over the opposite sex? Does a person have the right to seduce someone of the opposite sex who is obviously enthralled with you? The answer is YES to all of these, Presidents included!
JFK’s and Mimi’s “date” involved meeting for drinks with staff, going for a swim in the White House pool, and then a tour of the private residence. Then the ol’ Pres went in for the “payoff” of his efforts! How does this differ from a normal person, meeting someone at a bar for a drink, taking him/her to dinner, returning back to his/her apartment, and then trying to get to the “endzone” for a little boat rocking! LOL None! It’s not like a married President can take a 19 year old intern, or any intern for that matter, Ha!, on a date. So, what does he do? He has a date with her in the White House!
As much as I think our 35’th President is a scumbag for taking advantage of this 19 year old girl, he is no different from 100% of any guy who goes out on a date. It’s the girls fault! If every girl JFK had sex with wrote a book, the world would be out of trees!
Enjoy your 15 minutes Miss Beardsley, you are a slut and your only claim to fame is just like a gazillion other girls who spread their legs everyday to guys who only care about f*cking you.