The Kennedy Family’s Last Weekend Together in Home Movies
The President and Mrs. Kennedy with son John at the family’s weekend home. Jackie Kennedy returned from her European trip on October 17, 1963 refreshed. The President driving his wife and son and a friend on a golf cart, exploring the woods of their new property, October 27, 1963. In fact, President Kennedy telephoned Greece to speak directly to Aristotle Onassis, who had hosted the First Lady and her sister on his yacht, and profusely thanked the shipping tycoon for the hospitality shown her and the resulting optimism with which she had returned. By the time Jackie Kennedy was back in the White House, she was especially longing to spend not just a few hours with her husband and their two children but several long days. In August, shortly after White House Chief Usher J.B. West had learned that Patrick Kennedy had died, he immediately had staff remove the crib and other items intended for his use from the executive mansion. A room furnished to accomodate her infant son Patrick, who died at two days old. 001 He also asked military aides to do likewise at the family’s new but as-yet unlived-in weekend near Atoka, Virginia, named “Wexford.” She was eager to finally have not friends and family members come down there to enjoy it, but her husband and children.. First Lady Jackie Kennedy riding her horse at Atoka. Being married to the President of the United States, however, meant that the immediate days had already long been spoken for. On Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, the first weekend she was back in the U.S., he would be delivering a speech at the University of Maine and be honored at a large political dinner in Boston, a “New England Salute to the Pesident.” There was also the White House welcoming ceremony and meetings with the President of Bolivia that Tuesday, the 22nd, to prepare for. The White House nanny Maude Shaw with her wards John Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy on her pony, Clipper in tow. They finally went down to Wexford that next weekend of Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, joined there by the President’s lifelong friend Lem Billings. Although he wasn’t harsh or critical of the place, JFK wasn’t sure he really liked it there. As his sister Eunice recalled, there was not yet a paved road to their property and the roads were muddy and
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