REFLECTIONS ON "JACKIE": PART XIII
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.
We move on to a scene in the Lincoln Bedroom* at the White House with Jackie sitting at the edge of Lincoln's mahogany bed staring up at the portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln that hangs above it.
Jackie asks Bobby...
"Do you think Lincoln's widow knew...that we'd build a monument (Lincoln Memorial) to her husband?"
Bobby does not answer.
"Why is this room so peaceful?"
"Every time I walk by this room I'm reminded that on January 1, 1863 an ordinary man signed a document that freed 4 million people from slavery. So I don't think of it as much as peaceful as a place of profound legacy."**
and Bobby continues...
"And its too bad that ours is totally...wasted. We could have done so much...."
*The Lincoln Bedroom was actually President Lincoln's office from 1861-1865. After his death it became a guest room. The bed, actually owned by Lincoln, is 8 x 6 feet and has an "enormous headboard." According to The White House Museum, the bed "was probably never used by President Lincoln."
**According to Eyewitness to History there was no ceremony with the official signing. It was accomplished with "less than a dozen persons" in attendance. After the signing, the document was dispatched to the Department of State. The President wrote the final draft in his own hand.
"Abraham Lincoln, a History, vol. 6" by John Hay and John G. Nicolay, 1890.
"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline, www.scriptpipeline.com/jackie-screenplay
"Lincoln Bedroom," The White House Museum, www.whitehousemuseum.org/
"President Lincoln Signs the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863," Eyewitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/