Your morning jolt: When Jackie Kennedy called Martin Luther King Jr. a ‘terrible’ man

That TV special featuring post-assassination interviews with former First Lady Jackie Kennedy – scheduled for next week — will open some old wounds in Atlanta. A teaser issued last night by ABC News:

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962 during a boat ride on Lake Pichola in India with her sister, Lee Radziwill. (Metropolitan Museum of Art/The New York Times)

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962 during a boat ride on Lake Pichola in India with her sister, Lee Radziwill. (Metropolitan Museum of Art/The New York Times)

Speaking in the months after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy was so upset with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that she told a friend and interviewer that she could barely look at images of him.

“I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” Mrs. Kennedy said, as part of an oral history series of interviews released this month.

The widowed first lady soured on King as a result of secret wiretaps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover had told President Kennedy that King tried to arrange a sex party while in town for the March on Washington, and told Robert Kennedy that King had made derogatory comments during the president’s funeral, Mrs. Kennedy recalled.

But as for what was actually said by King and his circle, history remains uncertain. The original surveillance tapes involving King have never been released publicly, and are under seal by court order until 2027.

Rep. John Lewis, legendary civil rights leader and friend of King’s, told ABC News that he believes Hoover concocted damaging material about King to give to the Kennedys because “he wanted to destroy the man.

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From my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy in Washington: Much was made over the fact that, in his speech Thursday night, President Barack Obama gave specific mention to a program called Georgia Works, an effort started by then-Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond to ease the unemployed into new jobs requiring new sets of skills.

But overlooked were the fingerprints of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. The president included a proposal Isakson co-sponsored with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to allow struggling homeowners with loans with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their mortgages without fees, so they can take advantage of the current low interest rates.

“That would reduce foreclosures and stabilize a lot of homes,” Isakson told Malloy last night.

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This week, while most of Washington D.C. was gazing into a crystal ball, trying to figure out what President Barack Obama would say, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss was quietly activating – yet again – his bipartisan Gang of Six effort to address the federal deficit. From the Washington Post:

More than two dozen senators from both parties met privately this week to revive hopes of a grand debt-cutting bargain — exploring how to push the newly formed debt “supercommittee” to find far more than its assigned goal of $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions.

The senators want at least $3 trillion slashed from the deficit over the next decade. In addition, they plan to press the committee to pass a major tax overhaul to lower rates and close special-interest loopholes, as well as changes to entitlement programs such as Medicare, according to several participants….

The private gathering this week, held Wednesday in a Capitol meeting room, included about 25 centrists from both parties. It was organized by Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), two members of the “Gang of Six,” which tried unsuccessfully to engineer a grand deal patterned loosely after the plan laid out by the deficit commission headed by former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former senator Alan Simpson.

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On Thursday, state Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna, became the most prominent member of the Cobb County legislative delegation to endorse next year’s sales tax for transportation, my AJC colleague Janel Davis notes.

The Marietta Daily Journal, which also had a reporter in the room, quoted Stoner’s reply to those – including Cobb’s sheriff – who have warned that increased mass transit would lead to more crime:

“I’ve heard that issue for years,” Stoner said. “I’m a native Cobb Countian: I’ve heard it used in not allowing MARTA into this county. Honestly, I’ve grown up listening to that rhetoric for a very long time … We’re now a county with almost 700,000 people. Usually, when we have more people we have more problems, a more complex society. So to say one thing is the reason for all of that I think is a very (simplified) explanation for everything.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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54 comments Add your comment

well'swell

September 9th, 2011
10:12 am

Jackie-O most certainly knew a “bad man” when she saw one. She married into the KENNEDY family for Pete’s sake. I wonder how she felt about how own husband’s notoriously philandering ways?

td

September 9th, 2011
10:29 am

“never been released publicly, and are under seal by court order until 2027.”

I never knew this information. When and why were they sealed by a court order? Who or what group asked for the order?

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

September 9th, 2011
10:37 am

LBJ orders the King tapes sealed.

I ain’t holding my breath that they will ever – repeat, ever – be released.

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
10:43 am

History lesson:

On January 31, 1977, district Judge John Lewis Smith, Jr., ordered all known copies of recorded audiotapes and written transcripts resulting from the FBI’s surveillance of King between 1963 and 1968 to be sealed in the National Archives and away from public access for 50 years.

Ga Values

September 9th, 2011
10:43 am

1 thing you have to say about Johnny, he has never seen a give away to the real estate industry he didn’t love. By my count Johnny has solved the Housing problem 3 times with BILLIONS of give aways for the real estate LOBBYIST, Like Obama none of his solutions have worked.

Johnny was a good man when he was in Georgia but Saxby & the Lobbyist have ruined him. Georgia needs 2 real conservative senators not the RINOs we have.

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
10:44 am

So to say one thing is the reason for all of that I think is a very (simplified) explanation for everything

Stoner is being politically correct in not calling out his fellow Cobb Countians for being stupid.

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
10:46 am

The president included a proposal Isakson co-sponsored with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to allow struggling homeowners with loans with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their mortgages without fees, so they can take advantage of the current low interest rates.

And somehow Ga Values thinks it’s a billions-dollar giveaway to refinance loans that the Feds already hold that might help keep them from going into default, costing the Feds even more than the lost interest that might come from lowering the interest rates on these loans.

td

September 9th, 2011
10:52 am

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
10:43 am
History lesson:

On January 31, 1977, district Judge John Lewis Smith, Jr., ordered all known copies of recorded audiotapes and written transcripts resulting from the FBI’s surveillance of King between 1963 and 1968 to be sealed in the National Archives and away from public access for 50 years.

Thank you for the history lesson. Now can you answer who brought the suit before the judge (there case arguement) and the reason why he decided to seal the records?

Zaquisha

September 9th, 2011
10:53 am

“I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,…”

I’ve always suspected that the left’s level of adoration for MLK was much lower than most people suppose. Jackie’s comment provides an interesting glimpse.

NoDeal

September 9th, 2011
10:59 am

“I have a dream that one day, I too, will do 2 chicks at the same time.”

SaveOurRepublic

September 9th, 2011
11:00 am

Both JFK & “Saint” MLK were philanderers. However, MLK had strong communist ties (Levison). JFK was also correct in his disdain for the verminous LBJ.

Clinton "Skeek" Tyree

September 9th, 2011
11:03 am

Ol’ J. Edgar really knew how to stir the pot, didn’t he? But we know now that he was a deranged ol’ man with many foibles and would climb a tree to tell a lie or half-truth when he could stand on the ground and tell the truth.

No telling how many people were injured and suffered character assassination as a result of the vindictiveness and illegal actions of by J. Edgar.

I put J. Edgar and Mr. Cheney in the same basket. The both read The Prince.

well'swell

September 9th, 2011
11:04 am

@Zaquisha (how fitting) The U.S.s “adoration” (left or otherwise) of MLK is at best phony and history rewritten. Since his death, there has been an effort to perpetuate this lovefest for the man. You onky have to revisit (well…visit in your case, as I am certain you have no exposure to) his speeches and sermons to see what he was really all about. MLK was not “I Have A Dream” AT ALL. The only people who will ever truly admire MLK is Black and poor/oppressed people. Period.

Politi Cal

September 9th, 2011
11:08 am

Fifty years ago; let it die.

Ga Values

September 9th, 2011
11:10 am

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
10:46 am

You might want to reread my comments.. Johnny’s 3 givaways were..1. give Developers & buileder a 5 year roll back against current losses, 2. the first new buyer rebate and 3. the 2nd home buyer rebate… Please advise me on which of these $ BILLION programs were sucessful.. Like Obama Johnny is very good at throwing away taxpayer (borrowed from China) money.

Kennedy had better looking mistresses than King.

Jerome Horwitz

September 9th, 2011
11:11 am

Wonder if J. Edgar wore his dresses while wiretapping MLK?

seabeau

September 9th, 2011
11:16 am

Skeek! J.Edgar was the only man in the FDR Administration who spoke up and defended the Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor from those who wished to intern them in prison camps. During their internment they could not pay their property taxes and most lost everything that they had worked for all of their lives. J.Edgar knew that there was no disloyality among them as a group. The great ACLU also supported the internment of these innocent people.

kpokeefe

September 9th, 2011
11:19 am

I guess the Freedom of Information Act only applies if your white political figure! You must know that they are hiding something pretty significant about the man!

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
11:24 am

Now can you answer who brought the suit before the judge (there case arguement) and the reason why he decided to seal the records?

Nope. I’ll let you google that and figure it out. I’m guessing it was to shield the rather tarnished (in the mid ’70’s) FBI, since much of the information collected was done without probably cause or a court order. But you may have a different guess, of course. :) Pretty sure Reagan also issued an executive order to keep them sealed for the same time period and there’s not a sane President who would rescind that order.

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
11:25 am

Please advise me on which of these $ BILLION programs were sucessful

Please advise all of us which ones failed and what measurement you used to define “failure”. Thanks.

jimgaallowayisaracistpig

September 9th, 2011
11:28 am

First take one look at who this article comes from, trust me if there was anything damaging that King said on the tapes they would have been released….do you honestly think that if they had something negative on a Black man today that it would not be released let alone over 40 years ago. Read threw the lines and you will always see the truth. J Edgar had one purpose to keep the country divided.

neal kelley

September 9th, 2011
11:28 am

So what MLK like prostitutes… how many politicians in Washington don’t? Oh wait.. except the ones that like to have sex with their male interns. As for communist ties… If I had a friend that was a tea bagger.. does that make me one also.. I do not think so.. If I had a friend that eat doggie doo doo.. does that make me an eater of doggie doo.. also.. I know people from all works of life… This is America not the Soviet Union or some third world dictatorship.

MR ROSWELL

September 9th, 2011
11:31 am

HOSEA WILLIAMS ALSO SPOKE ALOT ABOUT MR. KING’S SEX HABITS

Dirty Dawg

September 9th, 2011
11:41 am

Boggie’s boy Doug is a real jewel…if Cobb County had a few more of him I’d consider moving back there. He’s right you know, this is the same ‘argument’ that Cobb County ‘officials’ used back in the 60’s to defeat MARTA in Cobb. Something I’ve always wondered, and have yet to get a ’straight’ answer from those guys – ‘More crime eh? Tell me, how many robbers, murderers, arsonists, burglars, muggers, gang-bangers, rapists, et. al., have you ever seen trying to ‘make their getaway’ on a bus?’

Of course, what they mean is that cheap, effective mass transportation means more poor people, which means more crime…right? Tell me, how did those that pulled Leo Frank out of an Atlanta jail and lynched him in Marietta, get there? The train? The trolley?

You’re way too polite Doug…and way too good for that county. One day I would hope you’ll run for statewide office. Of course, a lot of eyes will have had to have been opened by Republican greed, prejudice and overreach for you to be successful, but ‘Hope Springs Eternal’.

back2bama

September 9th, 2011
11:46 am

Enter your comments here

PeaceLvr

September 9th, 2011
11:52 am

@ all of the Naysayers:

Your bigotry and that of your family and friends are what is wrong with this country. You’re not better than any other human on this planet so stop with the condensing comments. If there was such incremenating comments on those tapes they would have for sure been released. The world loves to cast negative shadows on people’s characters. Step outside of your tiny world and see the big picture and that is, so what if he liked white prostitutes. I’m sure they liked him too! That in no way changes what he stood for and that was Peace, equality and dignity for all not just you and your friends.

Samantha

September 9th, 2011
11:53 am

Everybody knows that Hoover was a cross-dressing freak! He hated any and everything that was decent. I don’t believe a word of what he said. I would prefer to believe lucifer instead of hoover! He was a very sick demented and demonic man. He was truly a piece of work! As far as what Mrs. Kennedy said, I’m certain she was just very emotional. For some odd reason she just believed whatever that freak Hoover said. Hoover was a racist, bigot, and liar! He was a worthless man.

teacher

September 9th, 2011
11:55 am

King was not a saint. History has made him one. But, like a lot of public figures, he did have faults. No one likes to remember that.

back2bama

September 9th, 2011
11:57 am

It’s really a darn shame to bring people who are all dead into an equation with such horrible accusations. We are going to destroy America with the constant racial division and the media is responsible for the trash they print and report.

Hal

September 9th, 2011
11:58 am

@ well’swell

September 9th, 2011
11:04 am

@Zaquisha (how fitting) The U.S.s “adoration” (left or otherwise) of MLK is at best phony and history rewritten. Since his death, there has been an effort to perpetuate this lovefest for the man. You onky have to revisit (well…visit in your case, as I am certain you have no exposure to) his speeches and sermons to see what he was really all about. MLK was not “I Have A Dream” AT ALL. The only people who will ever truly admire MLK is Black and poor/oppressed people. Period.

Well how do you account for the hundreds of white people who also marched with African-Americans and were also brutally beaten? Your logic makes no sense

James

September 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

I wonder when pictures of J.Edgar will surface dressed in women’s clothing.Which was one of his favorite past times at home.The home he shared with another man for years and who often refered to him as his wife.Hmmm.The pot really called the kettle black in his case.

Vote for Obama cause he's black

September 9th, 2011
12:01 pm

Please,let the man die,please.Dexter King moved to California to get away from all of this,live a progressive lifestyle.He realized that his peoples on the east coast,especially in Atlanta are stuck on a one step off the plantation mentality.He can live in relative obscurity,enjoy his millions from the King papers which the city of Atlanta bought for millions of dollars so they can stay stuck in the past,continue to grandstand on dead civil rights issues.
Out west.you either,have it,or you don’t and your just a loser,wining about your skin color get’s you no where,nothing.
He knows his father’s followers are a bunch of fools.

V.P. Joe Biden

September 9th, 2011
12:04 pm

The stimulus is working!

Jay Bookman

September 9th, 2011
12:05 pm

I am the official lap dog & spokesman for the Socialist Democratic Party.

David Granger

September 9th, 2011
12:08 pm

We have long known that…like most prominent, famous men…Dr. King had many women throw themselves at him. And…again, like most prominent, famous men…he occasionally “caught” a few of them. And we also know that large portions of his dissertation were plaigiurized. But his human flaws do not change the fact that he literally changed our society for the better. He never stopped speaking out against injustice, even though he was well aware of the dangers he faced every time he appeared in public.
People should not be judged solely by their flaws, but by their overall character.

GaBlue

September 9th, 2011
12:18 pm

Reality Check: There are only two kinds of heroes: Human, and Fiction. I prefer the kind that’s real, flawed, and can actually make a difference in our world instead of setting up unrealistic expectations that no one will ever meet.

Josh

September 9th, 2011
12:21 pm

@ Vote for Obama cause he’s black

September 9th, 2011
12:01 pm

Please,let the man die,please.Dexter King moved to California to get away from all of this,live a progressive lifestyle.He realized that his peoples on the east coast,especially in Atlanta are stuck on a one step off the plantation mentality.He can live in relative obscurity,enjoy his millions from the King papers which the city of Atlanta bought for millions of dollars so they can stay stuck in the past,continue to grandstand on dead civil rights issues.
Out west.you either,have it,or you don’t and your just a loser,wining about your skin color get’s you no where,nothing.
He knows his father’s followers are a bunch of fools.

It’s a apparent you are the fool and a racist one at that. Oh my bad, one cannot use the word racist anymore, especially when it’s relevant, because that’s pulling the “race card”

Real American

September 9th, 2011
12:24 pm

Pathetic that the AJC would encourage such ignorant comments on their blogs by having no moderation on their site. Is the editor a member of the Aryan Nation like these other commenters obviously are?

Alabama Communist

September 9th, 2011
1:13 pm

More Breaking News On Alledged Jackie’s Comment About MLK……A unknown Spokensperson for the FBI said it was true that former FBI Director Hoover was a crossdressing transgender freak who party with MLK at Paris Hilton Home……..

Ga Values

September 9th, 2011
1:17 pm

ByteMe

September 9th, 2011
11:25 am

If you own a house you know they all failed.. I would let the market settle to equilibrium.

carla roqs

September 9th, 2011
1:29 pm

@ Hal ,September 9th, 2011, 11:58 am— if you think ‘zaquisha’ is that person’s real name, you are wrong. if you think ‘zaquisha’ is not educated, you are wrong. aaaaaaand you totally misunderstood the point that person was making- she was actually agreeing with your side. i am not going to get upset with you guys today, it is friday and there are too many reasons to be positive than to worry about 2 dead kennedys, 2 dead kings, and a very dead hoover. i am aware of the supposedly sealed tapes, and understand there are lots of folx and situations that the government requested to be sealed from the public for 50 to 100 years. okay, back to the nonsense–have fun!

carla roqs

September 9th, 2011
2:00 pm

@hal, ooooh, sorry, that one is for @well’swell,September
9th,2011,11:04am. hal, please accept my apologies.

Vote for Obama because he's black

September 9th, 2011
2:49 pm

@ Josh
Don’t let that deep inferiority complex burden your soul.You gotta feel like a fool to be part of an ethnic group that is taken for granted by the democratic party.
How come MLK virtually has no significance on the west coast ?
You think those thugs in white tees who wear grills with their pants on the ground know who MLK is ?
They know who little Wayne is.
You can’t handle the truth !

Joseph L Cooke

September 9th, 2011
6:41 pm

Why are the tapes sealed? What is being hidden? Whatever happened to all of J Edgar Hoover’s secret files?

mehlman rings twice

September 10th, 2011
7:30 am

Yeah, like you can believe anything by J. Edgar Hoover. This is the same man who suppressed valuable evidence against some of the perpetrators in the Birmingham church bombing case.

mehlman rings twice

September 10th, 2011
7:38 am

How is the left’s addoration of Dr. King any different the the right’s addoration of Thomas Jefferson and Strom Thurmond, both found out to be prolific rapists?

mehlman rings twice

September 10th, 2011
7:51 am

Sorry, that should be “adoration” (1 “d”).

mehlman rings twice

September 10th, 2011
7:53 am

Actually, the right’s adoration of Ronald Reagan is more puzzling even after he sent unarmed Marines to the Beirut airport in his words to “prevent another Holocaust”.

Amazing

September 11th, 2011
9:24 pm

I am so fed up with the ingorant comments from some that the only reason black people voted for Obama was because he was black. The real reason is that blacks have generally voted for Democrats for the past 50 years. The % of the black vote for Obama was not substantially different from the numbers of Clinton, Gore and Kerry. All them received around 90% of the black vote. Republicans have generally not made a specific outreach to blacks over that time. Their efforts have been inconsistent at best. Since most Republicans are white, does that mean they only voted for Bush or McCain because they were white? That makes as much sense as the falsehood that blacks only voted for Obama because he was black. Are we proud to see a black man in the Oval Office? Of course! It is no different from the pride Cathoclics felt when Kennedy was elected in 1960.
Let’s stop the ignorance!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

Before we try to make sense of all the lies, let’s bring to justice those who are served by those lies: the killers of President Kennedy and Dr. King.

We know with authority the same faction which killed them committed 9/11. It is not in the People’s interest to allow these treasons to go unadjudicated.

Our Creed requires Truth and Justice that “divine Providence bless our righteous endeavors.”

Death for Treason
Rome out of America, NOW!