Jacqueline Kennedy recorded opinions and her worldview on a series of audio tapes a few months after her husband's death. Their daughter, Caroline Kennedy, released those audio accounts, unedited, as a book. Excerpts of the tapes played last night as ABC's Diane Sawyer took viewers on a trip back to 1964.
The soft, wispy voice of the former first lady spoke of her feelings for LBJ, Charles De Gaulle, and Martin Luther King. She did say she "got her opinions" from her husband.
Jacqueline Kennedy was a private woman, but a favorite quote of mine from years ago was when she was asked what she was most proud of. She answered, "My children. They are my best work."
In her later years, we caught glimpses of a self-assured, smart, in-the-real-world woman, who said she thought it was sad that many women never get to use their talents in that world.
While Jacqueline Kennedy was an icon for women in the 1960s, she continues to be a study of the evolution of women over the last 50 years.
(In this Oct. 5, 1960 AP file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy poses at her typewriter where she writes her weekly "Candidate's Wife" column in her Georgetown home in Washington)