George and Amal: Not Only a Marriage -- The Birth of a 'Wow' Political Couple

October 2, 2014 6:52 PM

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When the late Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy married Rose on October 7, 1914, after a courtship of more than seven years, to say her father was not thrilled is an understatement. Joe was the oldest son of business man/politician P.J. Kennedy, a political rival of Boston Mayor Honey Fitz. Joe, however, knew precisely what he was doing: With careful calculation he was marrying "up." Honey Fitz's charming, vivacious daughter, Rose, who adored campaigning with her dad (something her mother avoided at all costs), provided Joe with the perfect partner to help him achieve the power and control to fill his life ambition.

On September 12, 1953, when Joe's son, John F. "Jack" Kennedy was in the Senate, and known as a glamorous bachelor who loved the ladies, he, too, knew precisely what he was doing when he married the stunning, captivating Jaqueline Bovier Kennedy, whose society roots far outreached his own. On Jack's...

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