How Jackie Kennedy Changed The White House

When Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy entered the White House in 1961, they were a vibrant young couple who were stepping into the spotlight just as America was transforming into a more liberal and somewhat accepting space. The couple was a shining and stunning example of where the country was headed and what the future could look like.  Though the Kenendy’s reign in the White House and a promise for a new America was all but stamped out in 1963, when JFK was assassinated, during those three years, Jackie made considerable strides to transform the White House.

These are all the ways that she changed the cold and formal White House into a home for her young family and America.

1. Truman Era -decor

WASHINGTON, : US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (L) meets in January 1961 at the White-House, Washington, D.C. with former (April 1945) US President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

WASHINGTON, : US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (L) meets in January 1961 at the White-House, Washington, D.C. with former (April 1945) US President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) | AFP/AFP/Getty Images

When Jackie Kennedy thrust open the doors to the White House in 1961, she was greeted with the relics of the Truman era. The White House had been furnished with replicas of period pieces coated in modern fabrics. This was all done just before 1952 before funds dried up.

Jackie, like many others, felt that the choices were garish and appalling. She thought they did not befit the heritage of the home of the President of the United States. In an interview with Life Magazine in 1961, she said, “All these people come to see the White House and they see practically nothing that dates back before 1948.”

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