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In Jackie Kennedy’s Tapes to Be Broadcast Tonight by ABC News She Talks About What Made JFK Cry; Plus the Technical Reason Folks in the TV Business Should Watch the Program

Sep 13, 2011  •  Post A Comment

ABC News has revealed another fascinating fact from the airing tonight, Sept. 13, 2011, of the two-hour "Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words" at 9 pm (ET/PT).

According to an article on the ABC News website, Kennedy "had learned almost immediately upon taking office that he had inherited from the Eisenhower administration an army of Cuban refugees and plans for an invasion. But Kennedy determined that the U.S. would not be involved in fighting and withdrew planned attacks by the U.S. Air Force. The subsequent offensive in April 1961 was a disaster. The CIA-trained Cuban invaders quickly were defeated at the Bay of Pigs, with hundreds shot and killed, and the survivors rounded up and imprisoned.

"It was a bitter start to the president’s term and although Kennedy was a decorated veteran of World War II, he was badly shaken by the loss of life and the wreckage of the Cuban force. It was one of only three times Jacqueline Kennedy saw her husband cry. ‘He came back over to the White House to his bedroom and he started to cry, just with me. … Just put his head in his hands and sort of wept,’ she recalled."

Another reason TV professionals will likely be interested in the program is to see how well ABC News has succeeded in making the two hours of edited audio tapes visually compelling. The interviews with Jackie Kennedy that will be aired were not videotaped or filmed.

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