Jacqueline Kennedy welcomes Mikoyan at her post-funeral White House reception for world leaders. She held no Cabinet meeting, issued no orders and signed no legislation. Yet in a brief interim of several hours on the afternoon of Monday, November 25, 1963, with her late husband the President having just been buried and his constitutional successor purposefully keeping out of the White House, it was Jacqueline Kennedy who acted as the head of state of the United States, a commanding figure meeting with world leaders who showed her a level of respect reserved for their equals. Edward and Jacqueline Kennedy welcome a delegation of East Asian
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