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Anderson Cooper: I Slept With JFK

Aired May 15, 2003 - 20:54   ET

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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Well in case you don't see the New York papers, in today's "Daily News," a 60-year-old woman, Marianne "Mimi" Fahenstock, acknowledges that she was the 19-year-old White House intern who slept with JFK. Fahenstock told the papers simply, "I am the Mimi."
Tonight, I want to take this opportunity to stand behind the Mimi and proclaim my solidarity. I am with, the Mimi. I know where you've been because I too have been there myself. Yes, that's right. I too slept with JFK. I am the Anderson.

You might point out that I was born four years too late to have actually slept with JFK. Technically you would be correct. But why quibble over details? After all, isn't it possible deep down, that you also slept with JFK? "Who, me," you ask? "Oh, no, I couldn't have," you protest. "Not possibly."

Believe whatever you have to. I, for one, am not willing to live that lie any longer. The truth about our Camelot obsessed society is that each of us in our own way has slept with the JFK. Only once we admit this to ourselves individually and as a nation can the true healing begin.

A thought to end on tonight.

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