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

By | November 6, 2019

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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.

JFK Was Plagued By Illnesses From Birth

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A Young JFK. Source: (pinterest)

Throughout the course of his public life, Kennedy seemed the image of vitality. But he had health issues from his childhood. He came down with scarlet fever before he was three, and also had a variety of other illnesses as a child, including measles, mumps, and whooping cough. He also developed colitis and was diagnosed with Addison’s disease, a diagnosis which he denied, but that required regular doses of cortisone.