Happy Birthday Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
I would like to wish a wonderful woman a happy 87th birthday. She is not alive today, and had (sadly) died 4 years before I was born, but that doesn’t trivialize her life’s legacy. In fact, it only garners more respect, admiration, and awe from me.
Jackie was an icon both in fashion and politics. She was an essential link to the White House in the early years of the 1960’s, contributing to her husband and his administration more than the public would know at the time: the restoration and preservation of the White House, her billingual skills, her charm and her wit, and her intelligence. She was an irreplacable part of the Kennedy family’s legacy as well as History itself.
After the tragic death of John F. Kennedy, she soldiered through, refusing to let it overshadow her and her family’s lives, and impeccably raising John Jr. and Caroline Kennedy for the rest of their childhood.
She has had her faults and flaws just like everyone else; she was no more perfect than the rest of us. It could be argued that she had the most to lose from JFK’s death than any one of us. But she has not been, and will not be defined by it.
Instead, she will be the woman known as the Queen of Camelot, who had coined the very name of the ancient Fairytale kingdom in honor of her husband’s (all-too-short) legacy. She has been the woman that survived the day of November 22nd, 1963, and lived to tell the tale. And she is, last but certainly not least, the woman that has given to the people as much as they have given to her.