JFK and Bobby conferring in the East Room.
John F. Kennedy holding a kitten on the Solomon Islands, 1943.
When Ethel’s sixteen-year-old Bobby and Eunice’s sixteen-year-old son, also named Bobby, were arrested for possession of marijuana, Eunice and her husband, Sarge, sat down with their boy and tried to reason with him. They finally convinced him to curtail his friendship with his cousin.
Meanwhile, Ethel chased her Bobby around the yard with a broom stick, yelling, “I’ll beat the daylights out of you if I ever get my hands on you!” The youngster ran to Jackie’s home, rushed in and began pleading to her for protection. “Look, Jackie, you can keep him,” Ethel told her sister-in-law when Jackie tried to talk to her about Bobby. “I don’t want him. Maybe you’ll have better luck with him.”
The teenager stayed with his Aunt Jackie for a few hours before Ethel finally retrieved him. “Please promise me you won’t kill him,” Jackie told her, perhaps only half-jokingly. “I can’t promise you that,” Ethel answered. “Well I guess I can’t blame you,” Jackie said trying to keep the mood light for fear of further antagonizing her sister-in-law. “If John ever smoked marijuana, I’d be the mother chasing her boy around the yard.”
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot
“John lived with his aunt and uncle, Sarge and Eunice Shriver, and his Shriver cousins on Foxhall Road and commuted daily to the center’s offices near Dupont Circle. He was earnest, personable, and devoted to his work. He came to learn that he was a celebrity when he did advance work for, and then accompanied me on, a fundraising swing to Southern California. Subjected to sometimes embarrassing fawning by Hollywood types, John maintained his poise and sense of humor. Several fawners suggested that he remain in Southern California, after our week-long trip, to continue fundraising on his own. ‘My mother doesn’t think it would be a good idea for me to keep hanging around Hollywood,’ he told me the day before our scheduled return to the capital. ‘Don’t worry,’ I told him, ‘I wouldn’t leave you among these sharks for a moment.’ - Ted Van Dyk, on John F. Kennedy Jr.’s time as am intern for the Center for National Policy during his junior year at Brown University
Bobby Kennedy with daughter, Kerry.
"I caught up to him in the Capitol and, oh, I was just so proud of him. And there’s a picture where I have my hand on his chin and he’s just looking at me and there really were tears in his eyes. Suddenly a flash came because I didn’t think anyone was there. In the papers it said, "Wife chucks him under chin." I mean, it was so much more emotional than any kiss because his eyes really did fill with tears. [whispers] Just say, "Oh Jack" - you know - "What a day!" -Jacqueline Kennedy
The Kennedy’s, 1938
Labor Day weekend in Hyannis Port, 1963.
Katie Holmes to Reprise Jackie Kennedy Role in ‘After Camelot’ Miniseries ◇ Holmes, who starred in The Kennedys, will reprise her role in the new mini and also direct one of the four episodes in addition to executive producing.