Quoted: Clifford Odets underwhelmed by brush with Camelot

The Kennedys heading to a 1961 inaugural ball. (AP) Never noticed that about the Kennedys, had you? (AP)

“When they left, I said, ‘What did you think of them?’ He said, ‘I think his eyes are too close together and hers are too far apart.'”

— Walt Whitman Odets recalling his famous playwright father Clifford Odets’s reaction to meeting Jack and Jackie Kennedy, when they sought his help as a speechwriter for the 1960 campaign, in an interview with the New Yorker.

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