Sunday, January 8, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2183


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) JFK+50 begins the year 2017 with a review of "Jackie" starring Natalie Portman.  "Jackie" is a Fox Searchlight Pictures film directed by Pablo Larrain.

The screenplay was written by Noah Oppenheim.  Released on December 2, 2016, the movie has an "R" rating and lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Moving forward in the film to a scene on the deck of the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis.  As the Journalist is taking notes, Jackie says...

"Bob McNamara (JFK's Secretary of Defense) said he'd buy back our old house for us in Georgetown.  I don't even have a house."*

Forward to a scene on the White House Balcony**.  It is a cold day in Washington.  Bobby says....

"Jackie, they're worried about an outdoor procession.  They think its a security risk.  Everyone's spooked.  Its eight city blocks to St. Matthews (Cathedral). That's a long way to be strolling through crowds.  All those rooftops.  All those windows...."

Jackie replies....

"Bobby, it's our last chance.  We have to march with him."

Clint Hill, Jackie's secret service agent in 1963, said...

"One of the things (Mrs. Kennedy) was insisting was to walk behind the caisson from the White House to St. Matthews and then on to Arlington...(but) to have every major world leader walking slowly through the streets...was going to be a security nightmare.  I tried to talk (her) out of it and ultimately she agreed to compromise by walking just from the White House to St. Matthews.  I knew it would be the longest mile I'd ever walk."

*The Kennedys had sold their home at 3307 N Street in Georgetown where they had lived from 1957 to 1961.  After she moved out of the White House, Jackie lived at 3038 N Street & 3017 N Street before moving to New York.

**Re-created interior White House scenes for the film were shot near Paris, France and the scene of the walk from the White House to St. Matthews was shot in Washington, D.C. in February 2016.  JFK+50 cannot find information as to where the "balcony scene"  was filmed.  We thought it looked more like a view from the White House Promenade, located on the roof of the South Portico, rather than the Truman Balcony.


"How a Designer Re-Created Camelot For the New Movie Jackie," by Elizabeth Stamp, December 1, 2016, Architectural Digest,

"Jackie Kennedy's Secret Service Agent Remembers President Kennedy's Funeral," by Clint Hill, November 22, 2016, Town and Country,

"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline,

"Self-Guided Georgetown Kennedy Walking Tour," Georgetown,

Jennifer Leigh White
at 3307 N Street
Georgetown, D.C.
Photo by John White (2011)