Thursday, January 12, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2187


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.

JFK+50 picks up with a conversation in JFK's Oval Office between the First Lady and Bill Walton.

Jackie says...

"When (JFK) saw what we were spending (on the restoration of the furnishings of the White House) he said 'your little vanity project' is going to bankrupt the...government.'"

Walton responds...

"People need their history.  It gives them strength.  They need to know that real men actually lived here, not ghosts and storybook legends...people who faced adversity and overcame it.  What you've done in this house matters."*

Jackie follows....

"That's kind...but...pretty soon he'll just be another oil portrait lining these hallways."

*President Kennedy made an appearance at the end of Jackie's televised tour of the White House.  He sat at a table in the Treaty Room^ with the First Lady and CBS News correspondent Charles Collingwood.  The President's words closely parallel Bill Walton's in the movie.

President Kennedy said....

"If (school children) can come here and see alive this building and...touch the people who have been here then they'll go home more interested and...(will) become better Americans.  

(JFK discusses)... the lives of these men who led our nation in very difficult times....people who are legendary but were actually alive in these rooms.

Our history is a source of strength to us...and that is why I'm glad Jackie is making the effort she's making..."

^The Treaty Room is located on the 2nd floor of the mansion, the official residence of the 1st Family.  It is part of their private apartments and has sometimes been used as a study.

Jackie worked with Stephen Boudin of the House of Jansen to create a Victorian Era decor in the room.  As Mrs. Kennedy says in her TV tour, copies of several treaties signed at the White House are on display on the walls.  JFK signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 in the Treaty Room. 

Boudin's design continued through the term of GHW Bush, George Bush announced the start of the war in Afghanistan here in 2001 and said it was one of his favorite places in the White House.


"A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy," You Tube,

"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline,

The Treaty Room
Kennedy Administration
NARA Photo
Author:  GearedBull