Okay so I read the book and I must say it was done VERY well.
I am surprised at Barbara Walters attack on her and ashamed to say, I bought into it without doing my due diligence.
From the moment I read the first words in Alford's memoir, I could sense an honesty and vulnerability to the work. I read on and could relate in some way to the innocent, naive young woman who allowed herself to fall into the trap of the "Camelot" syndrome. In saying that, I am not sure I can understand all the choices she made.
It was disappointing to read about JFK in her experience, but the affair itself was only a small part of that disappointment. Alford described, in amazing detail, events and discussions that occurred during her time with The President and his
staff that set to canvas a hidden, but tortured part of the man. To her credit, there was no blame or accusations that she did not take responsibility for and she tried her best to explain the motives of JFK in the best possible light.
I never got the impression that she was stating anything for effect or sympathy. The maturity, growth and understanding
that one hopes comes in the senior years was evident. Yet, I believe it was time and her right to share this story in the wonderful way she chose to share it.
Shame on you Barbara Walters!!!!
~signed The Wacky Ex~
I'm looking for opinions here. I am not sure how I feel about this one. On one hand, I ask, "Why after all these years was it so important to write a public book with such explicit detail?" Other than the obvious financial gain, the vivid images the words in her book will leave on the people, not to mention JFK's family can only taint the once "innocent world" we've come to know as the
era before Kennedy's death. Is it wrong to close our eyes to the truth or do we sometimes need to live in fantasy and believe in Camelot?
On the other hand, this was her life. Doesn't everyone have the right to speak freely and chose the options they wish? Am I
judging her too harshly? I am not sure as my own feeling about this is skewed. Not only did I have a cheating husband who also had other women in my bed when I was away and I'm not sure I'd want to be reading about it in a public book,
but my memory of JFK held the adoration of a little girl, which I was at the time.
She did wait until Jackie O passed on, as well as John Jr. and I guess one can argue that Caroline need not read the book or listen to the news and interviews on the subject, but I am just not sure one way or the other.
Tell me what you think....
Reality TV... Okay, Don't SCREAM! Whatever you may think of it, I for one, am glad for DWTS (Dancing with the Stars). Before that show arrived on air, finding a quality dance studio without having to travel 80 miles was virtually impossible. Now, not only are they popping up everywhere with great dancer/teachers, but finally the youth can't get enough.
Every Monday night is swing night at the dance studio I attend. It's awesome looking out onto the dance floor to see it packed
with college age, teens and even eighty year olds swinging to the beat of big band music and after 10 pm, modern swing tunes. Starting at 7pm, it's non stop dance til midnight and believe me, those kids are out there until the very last
minute, stopping only to come by the bar to rehydrate with water and softdrinks. Yes, unfortunatly, that's my job for Mondays, but I'm happy to do it; especially on nights when we have a live band in attendance. I love the music, the dance and I even get to color the floor with my moves when one of those lovely youngen's feels sorry for me and asks me to dance and I can get out from behind the bar.
Their style of swing is not the formal kind you see on DWTS, it's lindy hop, balboa or charleston, but a blast just the same and sometimes a lot more fun since they don't seem to care what they look like. They just enjoy the hec out of it and get great excersize at the same time. Yeah for Swing Clubs... Find one in your area and tell me about it!