role model

As a role model, Jackie sets a high standard. It's easy to see why almost fifty years after she reigned as First Lady of our great country she is still the greatest example of a role model this world has ever seen. 

As a mother it was clear to all of America that her children were her first priority. "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much." was her view on motherhood. During her White House Renovation she had rooms specifically dedicated to her children, giving them as normal a lifestyle as she possibly could. She did her best to maintain the privacy Caroline and John Jr., which at the time was one of the best things she could have done to ensure their protection.

She was an excellent wife, treating John like a king. "I think the best thing I can do is be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax?" was her philosophy on being a good wife. During Jackie and John's White House years together their was a lot of controversy about John's affairs and womanizing behaviors with other women, behind Jackie's back. "I don't think there are any men who are faithful to their wives," she was heard saying, rather then making a public spectacle of herself. In the end she truly loved John, and their "Camelot" life together is cause for jealousy among all wives today. 

Her style has always been envied. You cannot search for "Jackie Kennedy" online without running into articles on how to recreate her signature look. The thing that makes her look different from other women of her time (and ours today) is how she never had to show skin to pull off an ensemble. She always looked put together, the only perfect word for it is classy. Of course it was more then just the clothes she wore that made the "Jackie Kennedy" look. It was the way she wore them, the confidence she had in herself and her effortless presentation even in a drop-dead ball gown. Her style had taste

There are millions who would love to be able to sit down with Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis for thirty minutes of conversation. Like any celebrity there is going to be a following, people who want to be just like her. What makes Jackie special is that she really does deserve to be admired. There are many idolized celebrities today who simply embarrass themselves and those who want to be like them. A large group of girls attempting to epitomize Jackie Kennedy would not be a bad thing. No one can honestly say that when they think "Jackie Kennedy" they thing drugs, alcohol, or scandal. She was a good girl. A great example.

Above is a video of Tori Amos performing her song, "Jackie's Strength" live. It's included here because of the story it tells. Most would interpret Tori's song as multiple characters in various (and difficult) situations in which they wished they could call on "Jackie's Strength" to cope with. (This is referring to the strength and courage she demonstrated during the many public downfalls she suffered during her lifetime). It's a lovely sad song...

"Bouvier till her wedding day, shots rang out, the police came..."

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