Diane Sawyer

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Diane Sawyer discusses the unedited recordings of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, released 50 years after John F. Kennedy's inauguration. (6:09)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS HOST OF

THE NEW ABC NEWS PRIME TIME

SPECIAL "JACQUELINE KENNEDY:

IN HER OWN WORDS"

>> BECAUSE I WILL TELL YOU

ONE ONE OF THING ABOUT HIM,

I WAS REALLY, I WAS NEVER

ANY DIFFERENT ONCE I WAS IN

THE WHITE HOUSE THAN I WAS

BEFORE.

BUT SUDDENLY EVERYTHING THAT

HAD BEEN A LIABILITY BEFORE,

YOUR HAIR, THAT YOU SPOKE

FRENCH, THAT YOU DIDN'T JUST

ADORE THE CAMPAIGN AND YOU

DIDN'T BAKE BREAD WITH FLOUR

UP TO YOUR ARMS.

THEN WE GOT IN THE WHITE

HOUSE, ALL THE THINGS THAT I

HAD ALWAYS DONE, SUDDENLY

BECAME WONDERFUL.

AND I WAS SO HAPPY FOR JACK,

THAT HE COULD BE PROUD OF ME

THEN.

BECAUSE YOU KNOW, IT MADE

HIM SO HAPPY.

IT MADE ME SO HAPPY.

THOSE WERE HAPPY YEARS.

>> Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME

DIANE SAWYER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

DIANE GOOD TO SEE YOU.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

(APPLAUSE)

OH MY GOSH, I JUST, YOU

FORGET, IF YOU DON'T LOOK AT

JACQUELINE KENNEDY FOR A

WHILE, THAT YOU REALLY

SHOULD JUST KEEP ONE EYE

COVERED TO PRESERVE ONE OF

YOUR RETINAS BECAUSE --

>> DAZZLING.

>> Stephen: SHE'S SO

DAZZLING IT BURNS YOUR EYES

OUT.

>> EXOTIC.

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

THE SPEING.

ABC WORLD NEWS, YOU'RE THE

HOST, ANCHOR OF ABC WORLD

NEWS.

HOW DO YOU FIND TIME TO DO A

SPECIAL WHEN YOU ARE

ANCHORING EVERY NIGHT?

>> YOU KNOW, I HAVE DAYS, I

HAVE WEEKENDS.

>> Stephen: SEE, I DON'T.

I DON'T LEAVE THIS BUILDING.

>> NOBODY, YOU DON'T.

>> Stephen: I'M FAR MORE

DEDICATED TO MY SHOW THAN

YOU ARE.

ARE YOU TELLING ME ARE YOU

PHONING IN THE NIGHTLY NEWS.

>> THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE THIS

CROWD YELLING STEPHEN,

STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

EVERY NIGHT.

>>

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,

STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: WE DO NORKTS I

PROMISE, YOU, WE DON'T HAVE

TIME.

>> AND I DID NOT HAVE

ANYBODY YELLING BEFORE I GO

ON THE NEWS.

>> Stephen: WE CAN FIX THIS.

YOU WANT THESE PEOPLE OVER

AT YOUR STUDIO?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: DIANE, DIANE,

DIANE!

DIANE, DIANE, DIANE!

SOUNDS NICE, DOESN'T IT?

YOU ARE IN THE WRONG

BUSINESS.

>> REALLY, REALLY.

I WAS GOING TO SAY.

>> Stephen: NOW THE SPECIAL

IS CALLED IN HER OWN WORDS.

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: BUT THESE TAPES

ARE FROM THE 1960s.

WERE WOMEN ALLOWED TO HAVE

THEIR OWN WORDS BACK THEN.

I THOUGHT THEIR HUSBAND KOS

HAVE THEM COMMITTED IF THEY

USED THEIR OWN WORDS.

WHAT IS UNUSUAL ABOUT WHAT

WE'RE HEARING FROM THE FIRST

LADY HERE.

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, YOU

SHOULD KNOW IT IS FOUR

MONTHS AFTER THE

ASSASSINATION.

AND SHE WILLS HERSELF TO SIT

DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE

YEARS THAT ARE STILL PAINFUL

FOR HER TO REMEMBER.

BUT, YOU SEE THIS WOMAN WHO

IS SO DIFFERENT FROM THE

WOMAN BEHIND THE SUNGLASSES

AND THE WOMAN WITH THE

SMILE.

>> Stephen: WHY DO YOU THINK

SHE SAT DOWN IN SUCH A

PAINFUL TIME?

>> SHE DID IT FOR HIS TREE.

SHE LOVED READING BOOKS

ABOUT THE PEOPLE, NOT SOME

OF THE PROCESS BUT THE

PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

AND THE IDEAS THAT CHANGED

THE WORLD.

AND SHE REALLY DID IT

BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT IT WAS A

PRIVILEGE TO BE IN THE WHITE

HOUSE.

AND SHE THOUGHT SHE OWD IT

TO HISTORY, AS DIFFICULT AS

IT WAS, FOR HER TO DO.

>> Stephen: THERE IS SOME

REVELATIONS THAT HAVE COME

OUT OF THIS.

SHE CALLED CHARLES DE GAULLE

AN EGO-- EGO MAN YA, GANDHI

A PUSHI, HORRIBLE WOMAN.çó

COMPARED LADY BIRD JOHNSON

TO A TRAINED HUNTING DOG.

>> SHE DID.

SHE SAID SHE HAD-- SHE

SOUNDS MUCH TOUGHER THAN WE

THINK OF HER.

>> YOU KNOW, SHE HAS AN

ABSOLUTE EYE FOR HUMAN FOIBL

AND SHE CAN'T RESIST SAYING

WHAT SHE REALLY SAW.

AND TAKE THESE PICTURES

WHERE YOU SEE HER SMILING AT

PEOPLE AND THEN YOU HEAR

WHAT SHE WAS THINKING ABOUT

THEM.

BECAUSE SHE-- .

>> Stephen: IT SOUNDS LIKE

IF YOU CROSSED HER SHE WOULD

SWEEP THE LEGS.

>> WHAT SHE-- WHAT SHE

WANTED TO DO WAS TELL THE

TRUTH ABOUT THE WAY PEOPLE

WERE REALLY BEHAVING.

BECAUSE THAT WAS HER

HISTORICAL EYE, AS SHE WAS

TAKING US THROUGH IT.

>> Stephen: WHY ARE WE ONLY

HEARING THESE RECORDINGS

NOW.

>> THE RECORDINGS ARE ONLY

OUT NOW BECAUSE CAROL

INKENNEDY DECIDE ON THE 50th

ANNIVERSARY OF HER FATHER'S

INAUGURATION THAT IT WAS

TIME.

THEY WERE SEALED IN AN VAULT,

AT THE KENNEDY LIBRARY

BECAUSE HER MOTHER SAID SHE

SHOULDN'T BE RELEASED UNTIL

LONG AFTER HER DEATH.

AND CAROLYN DECIDED THAT

THIS WAS THE YEAR TO DO

THEM.

AND BY THE WAY, SHE DIDN'T

EDIT THEM.

AND ONE OF THE WONDERFUL

THINGS YOU SEE IN THESE

TAPES IS SHE STARTS OUT AND

SHE'S SO SHY AND SHE'S SO

PRIVATE.

AND SHE IS NOT MADE FOR THE

KENNEDY NATURAL POLITICAL

STYLE.

AND OVER TIME, THIS THING

HAPPENS.

IN WHICH SUDDENLY SHE'S ONE

OF THE BIGGEST POLITICAL

ASSETS ANYONE EVER HAD IN

THEIR LIVES.

AND YOU GET TO SEE HER

EMERGE.

SHE'S SOMEONE WHO THOUGHT

SHE WAS GOING TO BE A

WITNESS TO HISTORY AND ENDED

UP, SHE MADE IT HERSELF.

SHE MADE HISTORY.

>> Stephen: CAN I TELL YOU

SOMETHING.

I HAVE A BONE TO PICK WITH

ACTUALLY PLAYING THESE

TAPES.

AND I GUESS THE BONE IS WITH

YOU AND WITH CAROLYN.

AND IT'S-- WE LEARN THINGS

THAT I DON'T THINK WE NEED

TO FOE ABOUT OUR LEADERS.

BECAUSE IT TURNED OUT THAT

AFTER THE BAY OF PIGS, SHE

SAYS IN THE RECORDING THAT

PRESIDENT KENNEDY CRIED.

I DON'T NEED TO KNOW THAT MY

PRESIDENT IS BLUBBERING OVER

ANYTHING.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT MY

PRESIDENT IS STALWART AND

STEELLY.

DOESN'T THAT WEAKEN SOMEHOW

THEÑi MEMORY OF PRESIDENT

KENNEDY TO KNOW THE TRUTH

ABOUT HIM?

>> HOW MANY TIMES HAVE

CRIED.

>> I HAVE NEVER CRIED.

>> NEVER?

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: I HAVE NEVER FOR

ANY REASON CRIED.

AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE

ME START CRYING NOW.

BARBARA WALTERS COULDN'T DO

IT AND YOU CAN'T DO IT

EITHER.

>> STEPHEN, I JUST WANT TO

TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT

NOT EVER HAVING CRIED.

BECAUSE-- .

>> Stephen: I FEEL FINE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: DAMN YOU, DAMN

YOU, YOU GOT ME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, DIANE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: DIANE SAWYER,

DIANE, DIANE, DIANE, DIANE!

JACQUELINE KENNEDY IN HER

OWN WORDS AIRS TOMORROW

NIGHT AT 9:00 ON ABC.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANK YOU, DIANE.