Thursday, May 19, 2011
Rant #508: Jackie and Marilyn ... and JFK ... and Ah-nold ... and Maria ...
When we look at the current scandal enveloping Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, it forces us to look back, because this is not the only politically-tinged sex scandal that has befallen the nation during the past 50 years--not by a long shot.
There have been many, many such trysts that have captured the attention of the media, the nation and the world.
Although not necessarily one of these--although I think the message was clear, even though there wasn't any proof of this--today is the 49th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday to You" moment at a Democratic fundraiser in New York City.
John F. Kennedy was President, and he, and his brothers, had incredible reputations as womanizers even back then. JFK was married to Jackie, but the rumors were always there.
The press was different then, protecting those with power rather than exposing them, like they do today.
Well, during a Democratic fundraiser, which took place at old Madison Square Garden--the predecessor to the current arena--Monroe sauntered out in a skin-tight gown and sexily sung her birthday wishes to the President.
He looked embarrassed, and he should have been. The sexual overtones were incredible. Even watching the video all these years later, the sexual energy here was incredible.
Imagine Pamela Anderson doing the same thing today to President Obama, or better yet, Jenna Jameson.
Anyway, rumors circulated about the JFK-Monroe link for years to come, even outlasting their own lives.
And this incident didn't quell rumors, it stirred them up.
I mean, it wasn't as if Margaret Hamilton was serenading him.
The ironic thing is today is also the 17th anniversary of the death of Jackie Kennedy.
And, of course, Ah-nold is related to the Kennedys through his marriage to a Kennedy.
So all of this didn't start with Ah-nold, and won't end with him either.
People in power often let their egos fly out of their pants, and they really should know better.
But they seemingly never do.
Posted by Larry at 4:08 AM