Just what does “Kennedyesque grace” mean, nowadays?

"It was a dare, but I knew exactly what he meant. This was a challenge to give Dave Powers oral sex. I don’t think the President thought I’d do it, but I’m ashamed to say that I did. It was a pathetic, sordid, scene, and is very hard for me to think about today. Dave was jolly and obedient as I stood in the shallow end of the pool and performed my duties. The President silently watched.

Noonan must not have heard about that bit, though everyone was talking about it just a few weeks ago. Or, who knows, maybe such a scene still qualifies someone—in some vague, ineffable way—as possessing “that special grace.””

- Alec MacGillis (and quoting Mimi Alford), Peggy Noonan, Meet Mimi Alford

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JFK, Monster?

"I knew that John F. Kennedy was a compulsive, even pathological adulterer, given to taking outlandish risks after he entered the White House. I knew he treated women like whores. And I knew he had more than a few issues with his father about toughness and manliness and all that."

— Timothy Noah, “JFK, Monster

But Did Kennedy have an appetite for subjecting those close to him to extreme humiliation? Should we re-evaluate our esteem for America’s 35th president in light of recent revelations?

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