Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: America's First Lady

Few people get to symbolize a world, but Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis did, and that world is receding, and we know it and mourn that too

She was a last link to a certain kind of past, and that is part, but only part, of why we mourn so. Jackie Kennedy symbolized -- she was a connection to a time, to an old America that was more dignified, more private, an America in which standards were higher and clearer and elegance meant something, a time when elegance was a kind of statement, a way of dressing up the world, and so a generous act. She had manners, the kind that remind us that manners spring from a certain moral view -- that you do tribute to the...

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