New York: Jackie Kennedy did not have much
kind words in 1964 for India`s future prime minister Indira
Gandhi, whom the widow of former US president J F Kennedy,
called a "bitter and a horrible woman".
According to interviews, Kennedy gives "tart commentary
on former presidents, heads of state, her husband’s aides,
powerful women, women reporters, even her mother-in-law".
She calls Gandhi as "a real prune - bitter, kind of
pushy, horrible woman".
Gandhi became prime minister of India in 1966.
Kennedy called French president Charles DeGaulle, as
Martin Luther King Jr is "a phony" whom electronic
eavesdropping has found arranging encounters with women.
The seven-part interview was conducted in early 1964
and is now being published as a book and an audio recording.
The interviews with historian and Kennedy aide Arthur
Schlesinger centre around JFK`s presidency, their marriage and
her role in his political life but do not touch the subject of
The eight and a half hours of interviews had been kept
private at the request of the Jackie Kennedy.
The transcript and recording have been obtained by The
New York Times and offer an "extraordinary immersion in the
thoughts and feelings of one of the most enigmatic figures of
the second half of the 20th century".
In the interviews, Kennedy told Schlesinger that the then
White House social secretary Letitia Baldrige loved to pick up
the phone and say things like "Send all the White House china
on the plane to Costa Rica" or tell them they had to fly
string beans in to a state dinner.
She quotes her husband as saying of his vice president
Lyndon Johnson, "Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would
happen to the country if Lyndon was president?"