Joan Kennedy: Living ‘A Day at a Time’
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June 9, 1980: The late Bella Stumbo (d. 2002) profiles Joan Kennedy as her husband, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), seeks the Democratic presidential nomination. Notice that the headline carefully avoids saying anything. a clue that this is a sensitive story. I was a little surprised that the story appeared on an inside page instead of the cover.
A typical Stumbo passage: “It has been Joan Kennedy's role in this campaign, therefore, to demonstrate, through loving, trusting support of her husband, that he is not a womanizer who drove her to drink in the first place and has now somehow coerced her into campaigning for him at the expense of her own well-being. Many believe that.”