The reviews of both Michael R. Beschloss' and Thomas C. Reeves' books on J. F. K. ("The Crisis Years" and "A Question of Character," respectively; June 23) provide parallel proof that Kennedy continues to be assassinated long after his death.
What makes Kennedy's indiscretions seem so much more unsavory and newsworthy than those of his peers? Why is so much writing devoted to Kennedy's morality and sex life?
While both Eisenhower and Johnson were reported to have had extramarital affairs, Americans appear to be uninterested in such revelations concerning older, less vital public figures. (They do not find it unusual that Nixon appears to have had no sex life at all while in office.) Yet J. F. K. appeared youthful and handsome, charming and wealthy, articulate and virile, and he is therefore the target of choice.
Given Kennedy's "glamour quotient," such scrutiny is not unusual. What is absurd, however, is how such innuendo is always (given) an exaggerated importance in recognizing J. F. K.'s political achievement.