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Highlights from the new Jackie Kennedy tapes

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Jacqueline Kennedy Photo Credit: Former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, December, 1961. (Getty Images)

After five decades of anticipation, an interview with Jackie Kennedy performed months after her husband was assassinated has surfaced, and it paints an intimate – and sometimes surprising – portrait of the country's most fashionable and elegant First Lady. The interview appears in the book "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy," published Wednesday, along with accompanying audio tapes. Here are some of the highlights from the March 1964 interview with Arthur Schlesinger.

On women in politics: Women are "too emotional" for politics. "I think women should never be in politics. We're just not suited for it."

On her opinions: "I get all my opinions from my husband, which is true. How could I have political opinions? His were going to be best."

On being married to JFK: "Jack so obviously demanded from a woman —-a relationship between a man and a woman where a man would be the leader and a woman be his wife and look up to him as a man." She described the marriage as "rather terribly Victorian or Asiatic," and she wanted to provide "a climate of affection and comfort and détente" for her husband and make sure the children.

On her husband's opinion of Lyndon B. Johnson: "Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, 'Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon were president?' "

On Martin Luther King, Jr.: "A phony."

On former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi: "A real prune – bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman."


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