Politicians and their families are carefully prepared and packaged for public consumption. From the outside, they appear confident and capable - almost wiser and better than everyone else.
But up close, when they let their guard down, they are just as human as the next person. With few exceptions, they have all of the same feelings and foibles as the rest of us.
A newly-released book, based on conversations with Jackie Kennedy, includes interviews conducted with historian Arthur M. Schlesinger. The interviews took place not long after the assassination of her husband and Jackie candidly shares her views on life and some of the notable people of the day. Jackie expresses herself in a way that is surprising, maybe even disappointing for a First Lady, in some of the tapes.
Over the years, the media has portrayed the Kennedy clan as American royalty, almost as though they had a birthright to rule. But as it has turned out, even the glamorous Kennedy's have not been as perfect, or as prepared to govern, as they were originally portrayed.
Being attractive and articulate can win elections, but then the real work begins. Many American leaders have been good, wise, and honest. Others (on both sides of the aisle) have fallen short.
Because the Founding Fathers had experienced great pain at the hands of oppressive rulers who were unwise or worse, they created a timeless Constitution that recognizes the humanity of our leaders, limits their power, and protects our God-given rights and liberty.
As we finish Constitution week, I am impressed again with what a magnificent and inspired document the Constitution is! When followed, it's ingenious system of checks and balances keep the governing power close to the people so we can make sure politicians fulfill their clearly-defined roles, and keep a watchful eye on those who wield the formidable power of government.
Here are a few videos of Jackie that portray her in a friendly light.