Historical Notes: Steam from the Bubble Bath

"I guess," Jacqueline Kennedy told an aide in 1963, "if Pierre ends up putting me and the children on the cover of Look in a bubble bath, I'll have to put up with it." JFK's press secretary, Pierre Salinger, might well have concocted such a scheme—and Mrs. Kennedy was determined to "do anything to help" the President's campaign for a second term. Nonetheless, she could never quite accept the fact that for a glamorous couple with charming children, life in the White House was indeed a perennial and public bubble bath.

The extent of Jackie's antipathy to unremitting publicity is recorded...

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