White House Intern Had 18-Month Affair With John F. Kennedy

by InvestorPlace Staff | February 6, 2012 6:57 pm

[1]It appears that the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton affair wasn’t the first time a White House intern got involved with a president. A memoir that will be published Wednesday alleges that a White House intern during John F. Kennedy’s presidency had an 18 month affair with the president[2].

Mimi Alford, then Mimi Beardsley, was a summer intern at the White House when the affair began, and managed to keep it secret until 2003, when details of the affair came out in a biography based on 1964 oral histories about the president.

Among the more fascinating revelations in Alford’s book, Once Upon a Secret,  are the fact she was with JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis, that she consoled him when his child died, and that she last met with him seven days before he was assassinated in Dallas.

Alford says she wrote the book in order to take control of the story.

For more information, check out this Detroit Free Press article[3].

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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  2. 18 month affair with the president: http://www.freep.com/article/20120206/FEATURES05/120206025/White-House-intern-says-she-had-18-month-affair-JFK
  3. Detroit Free Press article: http://www.freep.com/article/20120206/FEATURES05/120206025/White-House-intern-says-she-had-18-month-affair-JFK

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