By Dave Rosenthal
5:02 PM EST, February 6, 2012
It's hard to shock people with stories of JFK's womanizing, but a new tell-all book by Mimi Alford may just do that. Alford says she was just 19 when she started a White House internship and began a sexual affair with president John F. Kennedy. She details the allegations in "Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy."
She told NBC's Meredith Vieira that after her freshman year at Wheaton College she lost her virginity to the president in the first lady’s bedroom. Asked if she felt overpowered by Kennedy, she said, “I think overpowered in the sense that he was the president. He was this unbelievably handsome man, 45 years old, overpowered in the fact that he had chosen me…and taken me on this tour. That's what I mean by being overpowered by the whole situation. Not overpowered physically that someone had grabbed me and done this to me and made me do something that I wasn't really willing to do, because I really think I was willing to do it.”
NBC noted that in 2003 historian Robert Dallek wrote in his biography An Unfinished Life about an unnamed intern who had an affair with Kennedy. The New York Daily News identified her and Alford issued a simple written statement confirming her secret relationship. Another interview outlining JFK's frequent attraction to young women in the White House press office can be found at The Smoking Gun.
Viera's interview with Alford airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.
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