Bill Clinton is frequently associated with presidential adultery in the media, but was he the most promiscuous American president ?
I’m beginning to believe that he isn’t even in the top 5. The answer is without a doubt JFK. Kennedy was a well-dressed and well-respected gentleman. He possessed a cool and collected demeanor, as well as, of course, immense power.
It’s easy to understand how he wouldn’t have to put in too much effort to earn it.
His wife was aware of the affairs and, while she was dissatisfied with them, she had learned to accept the arrangement.
Mrs. Kennedy is said to have spoken with a reporter from the Paris Match while on a tour of the White House, according to anecdotal evidence.
Using her index finger, she pointed to one of President John F. Kennedy’s secretaries and remarked in French, “And that is the woman who is sleeping with my husband.”
For example, there was Mimi Alford, a 19-year-old who had been having an affair with Kennedy for a long time: Her first official job assignment was to hang out with the president in the pool area, which she did after only a few weeks on the job. He sat in the sun for several hours, speaking with her and enjoying the warmth of the day.
Then he offered her to stay with him at his private apartment. It was there that they began to have sexual relations, with her eventually losing her virginity to the president.
They had an on-and-off relationship for 18 months until Mimi met her future husband. Kennedy surprised her with a $300 wedding gift.
He instructed her to go out and purchase something appropriate to wear, then he requested her to return and “display it” to him.
Barbara Gamarekian, a White House staffer, was interviewed in 1964 and she talked about an aide named “Mimi” who couldn’t type and didn’t have any abilities, which caused her to question why she was even working at the White House.
You are now aware of the situation.
“Jack couldn’t have been more loving, more concerned about my feelings, more considerate, or more compassionate,” Judith Exner, Kennedy’s mistress, remarked.
She met him after a Sinatra concert, and they became fast friends. She claimed that he made you feel like you were the only person on the planet, and that he was endlessly curious about your life. The day following the show, she stated that Kennedy contacted her every night for the next month. Their affair began shortly after that in New York City and lasted nearly a year in total.
She became pregnant with his child at one point in her life. Abortion was prohibited in the United States at the time. Kennedy arranged for her to see a private doctor in order to abort the pregnancy.
Their relationship came to an end once the FBI began investigating Kennedy for his contacts with a number of organized crime organizations.
Exner had ties to organized crime and had dated a mob boss. It was precisely for this reason that she met JFK that evening at the Sinatra concert (Sinatra hung out with the same mobsters).
The woman from the Soviet Union
There is substantial controversy over Ellen Rometsch’s relationship with President John F. Kennedy.
JFK’s brother Robert, on the other hand, deported the woman and attempted to dispel affair rumors, which leads me to assume that their affair did take place (there has been extensive revisionism in the wake of Kennedy’s death, after all).
Ellen was married to an east German officer, but she had no qualms about sleeping with other men because she was a beautiful waitress at the Quorum Club, where many of Washington’s most powerful people congregated. She met with President John F. Kennedy and shared a hotel room with him after two years on the job.
What’s even more bizarre is that she also had a relationship with Gerald Ford (prior to his presidency).
There is a lot of overlap in Washington, DC. Most shocking is the appearance of Marlene Dietrich, who is well-known for her role in Casablanca. She was a legendary actress who was quite candid about the renowned guys she had slept with during her career.
Not only did she have John F. Kennedy on her “hit list,” but she also had John’s father, Joe Kennedy, on it. Even though the Marilyn Monroe affair is old news, it is nearly trivial in the context of the other events that took place during this time period.
Journalists reported seeing gorgeous women arriving and going from hotel rooms and the White House with Kennedy, but they kept a tight lid on their observations.
Journalism had a distinct culture from the rest of society.
They protected presidents, and many people were unaware that FDR was incapacitated.
When a drugged-up Marilyn Monroe sang a sensual happy birthday rendition to their president, it was difficult for the general people to ignore the fact that something was wrong.
Anyone who lived within a stone’s throw of JFK was well aware of his proclivity for female company.
Kennedy acted with audacity and recklessness. During a meeting with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in Europe, Kennedy stated, “If I don’t have sex every day, I get a headache.” Kennedy was referring to his own lack of daily intercourse.
Other mistresses and dirtier, more graphic facts exist that I have refrained from including since, to be honest, it makes me squirm to think about. I’m at a loss as to what to make of it all.
In many ways, President John F. Kennedy is a product of his time. Men in positions of authority took use of their position to get benefits in all aspects of life. On Capitol Hill, there was a lot of cheating (and still is to some extent).
However, it wasn’t until after President Kennedy’s assassination that his wife pushed forward the “Myth of Camelot,” which claimed that they had had this happy and secure existence in isolation. When you consider everything that has happened to her during their marriage, it is a testimonial to her forgiving nature.
If anything, this provides me with a rare amount of peace in the face of modern reporting and the intense scrutiny that the White House is subjected to.
A free press serves as a check on the power of the state. Our presidents shouldn’t be living like kings, keeping a hidden harem, and erecting palaces with taxpayer money, as is the case in the United Kingdom.
Personally, I don’t believe it’s fair to dismiss JFK as a bad president only on the basis of his personal shortcomings. Historians usually consider him to have been a fine but not outstanding president (in the echelon of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln).
Whatever finally happened to him, he did not deserve what happened to him in the end. It was a gruesome and dreadful way to go out.