Former intern reveals 18-month affair with JFK

Mon Feb 6, 2012 6:53pm EST

President John F. Kennedy in an undated photograph courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. REUTERS/JFK Presidential Library and Museum/Handout

President John F. Kennedy in an undated photograph courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

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(Reuters) - A former White House intern is speaking out about an 18-month affair she had with President John F. Kennedy while he was in office, revealing intimate details in a new book to be published on Wednesday.

Mimi Alford, who was 19 when she started her internship at the White House in 1962, discussed her secret sexual affair with the president in her book "Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy."

She told NBC's Meredith Vieira that she decided to write the book to stop her secret becoming "deadly."

"It's not so much that I feel that I'm exposing myself, it's that I'm really unburdening myself - it was a very difficult thing for me to do," Alford said in an interview to be broadcast on Wednesday.

The former intern discussed details including swimming with the president just four days into her internship, and doing her homework en route to Washington to have sex with Kennedy.

"I should have felt guilty. He was married to Mrs. Kennedy. But I didn't at the time -feel guilty," Alford said.

There have been numerous reports since his 1963 assassination of Kennedy having had extra-marital affairs with several other women, including allegations of a dalliance with Marilyn Monroe.

"I think that's probably partly what makes me feel sad when I look back. It made me feel very special," Alford said of reports of Kennedy's other affairs.

The full interview with Vieira will air on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" on Wednesday.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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Wow. NO ONE cares anymore. My first thought was, “Who DIDN’T have an affair with JFK?”

Feb 06, 2012 2:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
redmerlot wrote:
Does this really surprise anybody? If they had asked you, before this story broke, “Do you think Kennedy fooled around with interns in the White House?”, wouldn’t most people have said, “Yes” ?

Feb 06, 2012 2:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This just doesn’t ring true. There were a lot of Mimi’s during those days. I remember one, myself, but we didn’t have an affair. Frankly, its not that it took her forever to make an announcement, it’s that she bothers to make an announcement at all. It makes for a nice movie, screenplay, situation comedy, but it just doesn’t sound very sole relieving and mind convincing. Would you like to hear about my affair with Ms. Krnomueller? And all the others, who when you total things out, all had a total of affairs more then I? Of course, not. It gets boring at some point and that point was yesterday. Unless she was in on the assassination, I say forget about her and move on to something more interesting. Now in 8th grade there was this girl, I don’t remember her name, but we often met outside the town public works building and she was very Christian. Do you want to hear about this?

Feb 06, 2012 3:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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