Caroline Kennedy

  • Aired:  09/15/11
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Caroline Kennedy discusses her book of interviews "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy" and lovingly remembers her parents. (6:23)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT SHE WROTE THE

FORWARD TO THE BOOK THAT

ACCOMPANIES THE RECORDED

CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN HER

MOTHER, JACQUELINE KENNEDY, AND

ARTHUR SCHLESINGER CALLED

"JACQUELINE KENNEDY, HISTORIC

CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE WITH JOHN

F. KENNEDY."

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM, CAROLINE KENNEDY.

( APPLAUSE )

SO NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> YOU, TOO.

>> Jon: THANKS FOR COMING.

IT'S TRANSCRIPTS.

I READ AN AWFUL LOT OF

HISTORICAL NONFICTION ON THE

SHOW BECAUSE I DON'T WANT OR

HAVE A LIFE.

BUT...

( LAUGHTER )

>> THAT WAS CLEAR FROM EARLIER.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT

OUR PROP PEOPLE HAD TO GO

THROUGH TODAY.

THIS TRULY IS ONE OF THE MOST

REMARKABLE PIECES OF HISTORY

I'VE-- I'VE EVER READ, I'VE EVER

BEEN ENGAGED WITH.

IT'S-- IT'S SO HUMAN TO HEAR-- I

CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT'S LIKE FOR

YOU-- TELL ME-- TO HEAR YOUR

MOTHER-- FOUR MONTHS AFTER YOUR

FARTHER'S PASSING DISCUSSING IT

WITH THIS HISTORIAN.

>> WELL, I THINK FOR ME IT'S

QUITE FAMILIAR BECAUSE I KNOW

HER, AND SO IT'S JUST NICE TO BE

ABLE TO FEEL SORT OF A

CONNECTION WITH HER IN THE WAY

SHE SOUGHT WORLD AGAIN.

BUT I AM REALLY STRUCK BY HOW

MUCH COURAGE IT TOOK FOR HER TO

DO THIS AND HOW MUCH-- HOW

COMPLEX AND INTERESTING IT IS,

AND IT REALLY BRINGS A WHOLE

WORLD TO LIFE IN WAYS THAT--

IT'S GOTTEN A LOT OF ATTENTION

IN THE LAST FEW DAYS-- BUT I

THINK IF YOU SIT AND LISTEN OR

READ WHOLE THING, IT IS LIKE

BEING IN ANOTHER WORLD.

AND ALL THESE PERSONALS COME TO

LIFE AND ALL THESE EVENTS, AND

THERE'S SO MUCH HUMANITY THAT

GOES INTO THE MAKING OF HISTORY,

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT REALLY

COMES THROUGH.

AND WHAT A GREAT OBSERVER SHE

WAS.

>> Jon: IT'S VERY RARE THAT

SOMETHING JUMPS OUT.

HISTORY SO OFTEN FOR US, YOU

IMAGINE IT IN BLACK AND WHITE,

BUT THIS JUMPS OUT IN SUCH

STARK, VIVID COLOR.

YOUR MOTHER'S REALLY FUNNY.

>> SHE'S REALLY FUNNY.

SHE IS REALLY FUNNY.

YOU DEFINITELY DIDN'T WANT TO

GET ON HER BAD SIDE BECAUSE SHE

WOULD JUST RIDICULE YOU.

BUT...

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: SHE'S TALKING TO

ARTHUR SCHLESINGER AND HE'S

TALKING ABOUT THE DINNER PARTIES

THAT THEY THREW, AND HE'S

MENTIONING PEOPLE THAT ATTENDED

THEM, AND SHE'S MENTIONING SOME

OF THE SENATORS AND THINGS LIKE

THAT.

AND YOU KNOW, AT ONE POINT,

SCHLESINGER SAID, THE COOPERS I

THINK WERE THERE, AND HE SAYS,

"THEY'RE THE NICEST."

AND YOUR MOTHER, I CAN JUST

IMAGINE, GOES, "MAYBE."

( LAUGHTER )

AND IS THAT A MOMENT THAT

RESONATES WITH YOU AS HER WIT?

>> WELL, I THINK SHE TO ME SOME

OF THE PLACES WHERE SHE REALLY

GETS GOING ARE MORE THE ONES

THAT RESONATE WITH ME.

>> Jon: SUCH AS.

>> THEY DIDN'T HAPPEN THAT

OFTEN.

I'M TRYING TO THINK OF A GOOD

EXAMPLE.

WHEN SOMEONE-- WELL, THE SCENE

THAT SHE DESCRIBES OF, YOU KNOW,

I KEPT KNOW, INDIRRA GANDHI, OR

SOMEONE SHE DIDN'T LIKE, IT

DIDN'T HAPPEN THAT OFTEN, BUT

WHEN SHE DIDN'T LIKE SOMEBODY,

YOU KNOW, IT WAS REALLY FUN TO

BE AROUND

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: NOT CRAZY ABOUT

GANDHI, HUH?

HOW DID KHRUSHCHEV FARE?

>> SHE DIDN'T LIKE HIS WIFE.

SHE WAS A SOUR PUSS.

>> Jon: REALLY?

SHE DIDN'T LOOK IT.

KHRUSHCHEV SENT HER A DOG.

>> I THAT WERE DOG.

IT BIT.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: ARE YOU SUGGESTING

THE DOG WAS A KGB AGENT.

IT KNEW HOW TO GO DOWN THE SLIDE

FROM THE TREE HOUSE TO THE

GROUND.

IT WAS REALLY PRETTY CUTE BUT IT

WAS REALLY NERVOUS, AND SHE

DESCRIBES HOW SHE THINKS IT HAD

NEVER OPINION OUT OF THE

LABORATORY BECAUSE IT JUST BIT

EVERYONE, ONE OF THE GARDNERS AT

THE WHITE HOUSE VERY NICELY TOOK

IT HOME.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT IT HAD PUPPIES, TOO.

AND THERE WAS A CONTEST WHERE

PEOPLE COULD WRITE IN WITH THEIR

NAMES AND ON MY LAST BOOK TOUR I

MET SOMEBODY WHO HAD WRITTEN IN

AND GOTTEN ONE OF THE PUPPIES.

>> Jon: YOU'RE KIDDING.

WAS IT A REVENGE THERE'S A

RUSSIAN HALF BREED SOMEWHERE.

I DON'T UPON.

>> Jon: WERE YOU EVER-- IS

THERE ANY ANY MOMENT IN HERE--

YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE READ THROUGH

THIS-- WHERE YOU POP UP?

WAS THERE EVER A, "CAROLINE?"

>> MY BROTHER, OF COURSE, IS

INTERRUPTING BUT NOT ME.

>> Jon: REALLY.

>> HE GOES, OUT, OUT.

BUT HE'S REALLY CUTE.

IT'S ADORABLE WHEN HE ENEMIES.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING.

PROBABLY READING.

>> Jon: EMOTIONAL STRENGTH

MUST BE SOMETHING THAT IS SO

GENETICALLY ADHERED TO YOUR

FAMILY.

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE FOR YOU TO

EVEN HAVE STRENGTH TO TALK ABOUT

IT IS KIND OF REMARKABLE.

I DON'T KNOW THAT I'D BE ABLE

TO-- MAYBE I DON'T PROCESS

EMOTION VERY WELL

( LAUGHTER )

WELL, I KNOW I DON'T PROCESS

EMOTION VERY WELL.

I FIND YOUR ABILITY TO GET GREAT

PLEASURE OUT OF IT REALLY

UPLIFTING FOR SOME REASON.

>> WELL, THANK YOU.

IT'S TAKEN SOME TIME.

BUT I FEEL LIKE THESE ARE PEOPLE

THAT I, YOU KNOW, LOVE AND IT'S

WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO SHARE

THEM AND SO MANY PEOPLE GROWING

UP LOVED THEM, TOO.

AND I FEEL LIKE FOR ME THAT'S

BEEN A GREAT GIFT BECAUSE I FEEL

LIKE THEY LIVE ON THROUGH ALL

PEOPLE THAT ADMIRED THEM AND

THAT'S REALLY A TRICK AND I'M

VERY LUCKY TO BE THERE CHILD.

IT'S NICE.

AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE ALTHOUGH

YOU KNOW, IT'S CONTROVERSIAL.

SHE, OBVIOUSLY, SAYS A LOT OF

CONTROVERSIAL THINGS.

BUT SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WAS DOING,

AND SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE'D PUT IT

AWAY FOR 50 YEARS.

SO THERE WAS A KIND OF-- YOU

KNOW, I REALLY THOUGHT CAREFULLY

ABOUT IT AND I ASKED MY CHILDREN

TO READ IT, TOO, AND IT SEEMED

LIKE, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE

50th ANNIVERSARY OF MY

FARTHER'S PRESIDENCY AND SHE

SHOULD BE A PART OF IT AND

PEOPLE SHOULD REALLY GET A

CHANCE TO SEE AND HEAR HOW HER

MIND WORKED.

>> Jon: THE CAPPEDDOR IS

REMARKABLE.

THEY'RE VERY GOSSIPY, THE TWO OF

THEM.

>> ARTHUR SCHLESINGER IS A

MASTER.

>> Jon: TWOLY-- TWO LADIES

SITTING AROUND CHATTING.

>> HE EGGS HER OTOO.

>> Jon: IT'S REALLY A

WONDERFUL GIFT YOU GUYS HAVE

GIVEN EVERYBODY.

IT'S ON THE BOOKSHELVES NOW.

CAROLINE KENNEDY.

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