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Marion “Mimi” Beardsley was a 19-year-old White House intern — and a virgin — in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy led her into his wife’s bedroom at the White House and seduced her.
That began an affair that continued until the President was assassinated in November 1963.
Today, Mimi Alford writes in a new memoir, “Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and its Aftermath,” said the President was insistent but did not rape or force her to have sex.
Short of screaming I doubt I could have done anything to thwart his intentions. I wouldn’t describe what happened that night as making love but I wouldn’t call it non-consensual either. I don’t consider it was rape. I have never considered it rape because I was willing.
In her book, Alford describes the 17-month affair as one with many sexual encounters, taking baths together where they raced rubber ducks and long phone conversations when the President called her at her dorm, using the name “Michael Carter.”
Alford was Marion Beardsley and a freshman at Wheaton College when she started her internship at the White House. The affair continued even after her engagement to Williams College senior Tony Fahnestock. She and Fahnestock later married and divorced and she married again.
Alford’s involvement with Kennedy was first mentioned in a Kennedy biography bgy Robert Dallek, although he did not name her in his book.
As for Kennedy, Dallek called him a “compulsive womanizer.”
“Every since I got here to the White House I’ve had to shut my body down sexually I mean but I screwed up with this girl,” Clinton told pollster Dick Morris.
Clinton’s aides, however, tried to convince the President he was “set up” by his enemies but others worried that he had gone too far.
“How many second chances does any one person deserve?” asked former press secretary Dee Dee Meyers.