| Mimi (Reuters)
New York, May 16 (Reuters): A 60-year-old New York woman said on Thursday she was the young White House intern reported this week to have had an affair with President Kennedy in the 1960s.
“From June 1962 to November 1963, I was involved in a sexual relationship with President Kennedy,” Marion “Mimi” Fahnestock said in a statement released by the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she works as an administrator.
“For the last 41 years, it is a subject that I have not discussed,” she added. “In view of the recent media coverage, I have now discussed the relationship with my children and my family, and they are completely supportive. I will have no further comment on this subject.”
The affair came to light with the publication this week of a new biography of Kennedy, An Unfinished Life, by historian Robert Dallek, which asserted that Kennedy, like Bill Clinton decades later, had a fling with a young intern.
Dallek’s assertion stemmed from newly released pages from a 1964 interview with Barbara Gamarekian, a Kennedy press aide, who recalled that a 19-year-old woman she identified only as Mimi had “sort of a special relationship with the President”.
According to Gamarekian, Kennedy brought the young intern along on presidential trips.
“She couldn’t type,” Gamarekian said in her interview, conducted for an oral history project for the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. “She could answer the phone and she could handle messages and things, but she was not really a great asset to us.”
Dallek said earlier this week, “Apparently her only real skill was to provide sexual release for JFK on these trips, and maybe at the White House.”
Fahnestock’s identity was first reported on Thursday by New York’s Daily News. The paper said the woman, known then as Mimi Beardsley, left the White House to return to college in the fall of 1963, shortly before Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22.