Jackie Kennedy’s Last White House Days & What She Found in JFK’s Desk

Jacqueline Kennedy writing on the President's Oval Office desk n the spring of 1963.

Jacqueline Kennedy writing on the President’s Oval Office desk n the spring of 1963.

Two weeks to the day that her husband was assassinated, presidential widow Jacqueline Kennedy moved out of the White House. It was December 6, 1963, fifty years ago today.

The temporary Kennedy gravesite.

The temporary Kennedy gravesite.

Just hours after she had been handed the flag which covered the President’s coffin and left his intended final resting place following the burial service, and once all the friends, family, and heads of state had left the White House reception, the widowed Jacqueline Kennedy quickly accepted the impromptu invitation from his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy to visit “our friend.”

The President's widow came to kneel in prayer at JFK's burial place, illuminated by the eternal flame.

The President’s widow came to kneel in prayer at JFK’s burial place, illuminated by the eternal flame.

And so they returned to Arlington National Cemetery, the night black and cold, the crowds gone but for the sentries.

In fact, every remaining night she would spend in the White House, Bobby and Jackie Kennedy would go to pray at the President’s grave.

At three the next afternoon, November 26, 1963, Mrs. Kennedy invited Lady Bird Johnson, the new First Lady, to join her for a warm hour of

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