New Book About JFK Jr.

Walters: You write, too, that John showed no sympathy for his cousins' wives, both of whom had been left or badly treated by their husbands. That he didn't feel that they were victims but rather they were women who hadn't played by the rules. The Kennedy rules?

Blow: I think that this is a part of the Kennedy side of John. He did instinctively side with men who had been accused of misbehavior in their relations with women. I think part of it was the feeling that these allegations always got more attention because they were directed at Kennedys.

Walters: Do you think that eventually he would have run for office?

Blow: Yes, and I think he would have been very good at it. He knew that the entire country expected him to get into politics at some point … I believe that. I saw the way that people responded to John. They wanted him to pick up where his father left off. And imagine that if you don't do that, if you don't get into politics when the whole world wants and expects you to, then will your whole life be considered a kind of anti-climax? John felt that pressure.

Walters: What do you admire most about him?

Blow: You know John could have lived a very different life than he did. He could have retired from public life entirely. He could have been hostile to the press. He could have been a rich, decadent playboy, but he wasn't. He was serious man who tried to extend that legacy of all that his father and mother had done for this country. And he didn't have to. And that was a choice that he made voluntarily. And it was a great gift. I think it was a great gift to this country.

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