ABC’s Jackie Kennedy Tapes Reveal Surprises about LBJ, Martin Luther King Jr.

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During the ABC primetime special on Tuesday, Jacqueline Kennedy reveals that President John F. Kennedy had feared a LBJ presidency, and did not have warm feelings toward Martin Luther King Jr.

On LBJ:

“Bobby told me this later, and I know Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, ‘Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president?'” she said.

On MLK Jr.:

“I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” Mrs. Kennedy said, as part of an oral history series of interviews released this month.

The widowed first lady soured on King as a result of secret wiretaps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover had told President Kennedy that King tried to arrange a sex party while in town for the March on Washington, and told Robert Kennedy that King had made derogatory comments during the president’s funeral, Mrs. Kennedy recalled.