National Geographic : 1966 Nov
EKTACHROME (ABOVE) BY JAMES P. BLAIR; KODACHROMES BY JOSEPH J. SCHERSCHEL ) N.G.S. Eisenhower reveled in visits by their grand children, a boy and three girls, who found the mansion and lawns a fine playground. The youngsters called their youthful grand mother "Mimi." And a revealing story tells of the time someone asked the boy his name. "Dwight David Eisenhower," he replied. "Then who's that?" probed the questioner, pointing to the President. "That's Ike," said the boy. New Family Brings Flair of Youth With the next family came another of those striking changes in pace that mark the White House story. The photogenic John F. Ken nedys-the dark-haired wife with unerring style, the vibrant, witty President, and their small children, Caroline and John, Jr.-quick ly touched the hearts and minds of the Nation. John Kennedy, at 43, came in as America's youngest elected President, and the first Roman Catholic. Jacqueline Kennedy, at 31, was not the youngest First Lady-she just seemed so. Frances Cleveland had been under 22, Julia Tyler only 24. With her soft voice and hesitant charm, Mrs. Kennedy appeared a princess in an en chanted castle. Her flair for the best in ballet, drama, symphony-and jazz-lent excellence and gaiety to official functions. Kennedy parties included such talented guests as Lin coln biographer Carl Sandburg, Spanish cel list Pablo Casals, pioneer astronauts, and 49 Nobel Prize-winners all at once. Soon after moving in, Mrs. Kennedy invit ed 200 women writers on White House sub jects to a buffet lunch in the East Room. Looking across spring flowers decorating small tables, she told us of her project to ac quire beautiful, authentic furnishings.