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Christopher di Spirito

Christopher di Spirito
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March 12
Avid blogger, proud gay man, unapologetically liberal, happily married to Jim, my spouse of 16 years. I am a native Californian, temporarily living in New York.

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DECEMBER 28, 2009 10:33AM

JFK Really, Really Loved the Ladies

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Monday, December 28, 2009

When it comes to the ladies, Bill Clinton isn’t qualified to carry the late John F. Kennedy’s codpiece. TMZ obtained an old, yellowed photo of the late president taken in the mid-1950s that shows Kennedy kicking it on a yacht surrounded by a gaggle of naked babes frolicking on the boat and in the water.

Everyone now knows how much Kennedy loved poontang but it’s a photo that could have altered world events had it been made public before the 1960 presidential election.

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A slice of history!
Johnny, we hardly knew ye...
No surprise there. Anyone wonder who took the picture, and from what vantage point?
Who crumples pictures of naked babes frollicing in the waves? whether or not a future president is in the shot?
Oh yeah, I can totally tell that's Kennedy...
And what if those had been naked guys he liked to frolic with?! I'm just saying ...
And what if those had been naked guys he liked to frolic with?! I'm just saying ...
Hawley -- As a gay man, I would love it!

Did you know JFK's best friend (after Bobby) was a gay man? He's even written a book about his friendship with the late president. Kennedy was one, cool guy.
It's a good thing that the media was not so intrusive in those days, otherwise JFK would never have been elected president. And even if he had been elected sooner or later his wandering ways would have been exposed. Interesting picture!
Jeez -- they all look like actresses/models.

I'm not so sure that he wouldn't have been elected by a landslide if this photo had been made public. No telling who else was on that yacht.
The Smoking Gun says that TMZ fell for a hoax: "DECEMBER 28--In a colossal screw-up, the gossip web site today published a photo purporting to show John F. Kennedy frolicking on a yacht with a harem of naked women--except that the image actually appeared as part of a November 1967 Playboy photo spread, The Smoking Gun has learned..."
Photoshop comes to mind...
I wonder when fake photographs of the Bush Crime Family will ever come to light? Interesting that none of their family members have ever had to worry about being assassinated or destroyed by the media no matter how huge the fuck-up or scandal!

What bullshit.
Yah, I saw this on TMZ (via a Fark link). I thought, looking at it in high-def, the face resembled RFK more, but experts think otherwise, and who am I to argue with experts.

Still, given the tenor of the times, it probably would have sunk JFK's chances of beating Nixon -- it was a close-run thing as it was.
One thing you had to wonder about the photo was who was taking it. Would have needed another boat for that vantage point. So makes sense it was a Playboy shoot.

And, uh, I need me a yacht.
Yes, it would have changed things immensely had the picture become public, but not like you're suggesting....he would have destroyed Nixon with this photo. Tricky Dicky always was considered oddly sexless by the media, and this might have finished him off. At least, I prefer to think of America in this way. It's so much more interesting than the reality. Rated.
ROFL! So now we have people fact checking pictures on the Smoking Gun to verify the veracity of an image!

This is the same Smoking Gun who presented:

The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest Criminals on TruTV. Now there's a crime!
"Playboy magazine contacted TMZ shortly after it published the black-and-white photo on its site, saying that the photo was actually part of a 1967 story about vacationing on a yacht,"
Not that I doubt Kennedy was one hell of a philanderer, but this photo seems fishy to me. You'd have to be on another boat right next to the yacht to get it, or else be on shore using an extremely long lens.

Now, if it was the first scenario, why on earth would Kennedy let someone take such a picture and then let it slip away from him? He wasn't stupid. He'd know such a picture would kill his chances. His mentally ill sister had been given a lobotomy and was passed off as mentally retarded, because Joe Kennedy Sr. thought the stigma of mental illness in the family would hurt his sons' political chances, whereas mental retardation carried less of a taint. Being on a yacht with four naked women...that would be doom for a politician now, let alone in the 1950s.

If it was the second scenario, cameras in the 1950s did not have automatic focus lenses--it was all manual. I've used an all-manual camera for many years. The longer the lens, the harder it is to get a clear shot of a moving object. The boat would have been bobbing in the water, and the woman jumping would have likely been blurred.

Methinks this is a phony.
I bet the Playboy website experienced a bit of a run on back copies of the November '67 issue today.
Based on what I can tell from that photo, he'd be nuts NOT to be on that boat if given the opportunity!
Not to be a spoilsport, but this photo has been debunked as a hoax. Shouldn't this story be taken down?
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