MADNESS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

LBJ AND HIS ROLE IN THE MURDER OF JFK BY TOM CAHILL

Creepy and cloying-as in sickeningly sweet-was the taped telephone conversation Dec. 2, 1963, between Pres. Lyndon Johnson who made the recording and Jacqueline Kennedy newly-widowed by the assassination of her husband ten days earlier. ‘Darling’ and ‘sweetie’ is what LBJ called her in what sounded to me like he was making sexual advances to the bereaved woman as in some Shakespearean drama about a mad king. The tape catches Jackie in her breathless, baby-talk manner of speaking affected by women who thought themselves powerless in a time before the women’s liberation movement took hold. Ending another taped conversation five days later, Pres. Johnson tells Jackie to give the children a hug for him and, ‘Tell them I’d like to be their daddy.’

Only now can we fully understand the terror and disgust Mrs. Kennedy must have felt toward Lyndon Johnson at that time. Revealed in early August 2011 is another tape-an interview made a few months after the assassination in which Mrs. Kennedy told historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. that she believed then U.S. Vice-Pres. Lyndon Johnson and his friends had her husband killed in Dallas the previous Nov. 22. Fearful for her family, Mrs. Kennedy did not want the tape or other material about the assassination released for fifty years after her death. But for some reason, her daughter, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg chose to release this bombshell now, according to Liz Thomas in the London Daily Mail, August 8, 2011.

What gives extra credence to this latest tape is Mrs. Kennedy’s admission to Schlesinger of having affairs of her own in retaliation for her husband’s flings. Why did Mrs. Schlossberg release the tape in 2011, only seventeen years after her mother’s death? Now-a year later—I still haven’t read or heard any repercussions due to this information leak to the media.

Lyndon Johnson’s vices might have been, but not necessarily in this order, ‘Alcohol, women, slaughtering wild animals for no good reason, wild rides in his convertible driving with a beer or scotch in his hand and other reckless behaviour, financial corruption and ‘pay for play’ sales of political influence,’ according to Phillip F. Nelson in his book LBJ: Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination (2010). on Americans be wrong in feeling sorry for Marina Oswald and. providing a nice substantial dowry for her second attempt at marital bliss?...

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