JFK: Trivia, Facts, And The Secrets You Probably Didn't Know

June 04, 1961 - The first communist party secretary Nikita Khrushchev talks with U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. (Photo by Don Carl STEFFEN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
How well did we really know John F. Kennedy? Ever since his assassination, he has been held up as an ideal, a president with a legacy to be admired. He was young and charismatic, a father with a loving family, and he captured a spirit of optimism for a generation of Americans. But parts of the JFK fairy tale legacy were carefully crafted, including the reference to Camelot, which Jackie Kennedy herself created a week after his death. Beneath the façade of presidential perfection, there were some darker secrets lurking: The womanizing was extreme, his health was poor, and some of his political moves may have been unethical.