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He’s been gone for more than half a century, but his life （and illusions） remain relevant.By Eric SpitznagelWhy JFKStill MattersTHE SPITZ TAKENational nostalgia about John F. Kennedy isinescapable, and next year our 35th president’s100th birthday will trigger the usual reexamina-tion. Why does the Kennedy mystique endure?Sure, the man was handsome and rich and therewas the whole Camelot thing. But it wasn’t likehis political career was astounding. He talkedabout going to the moon and dodged nuclear war,but that’s not why politicians love comparingthemselves to him. It can’t be the sex, can it?Okay, maybe it’s a little bit the sex.Steven Watts, Ph.D., a history professor at the University of Missouri, dissects Kennedy’s endur-ing allure in his new book, JFK and the Masculine Mystique. Watts examines Kennedy as a culturalfigure rather than a political one. Kennedy, hewrites, promised to “revive the modern Americanman as youthful and individualistic, cool andvigorous, masculine and urban, tough-mindedand athletic, and a sexual conquistador.” In otherwords, everything every man wishes he could be.
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MEN’S HEALTH: Could we ever have another JohnF. Kennedy? Or have we become too cynical?STEVEN WATTS: I think we probably could. A man ofhis charm, rhetorical gifts, shrewd political judg-ment, good looks, and sophisticated style wouldstill carry a lot of water in modern politics, I think.But there’s one giant caveat: the 24-hour newscycle and the way the media has saturated ourculture. Given Kennedy’s philandering, he wouldbe in enormous trouble very, very quickly.There’s a question your book didn’t answer.Could JFK have resisted tweeting a dick pic?[Laughs.] We’ll never know. But at the sametime, he was a master of image manipulationand surrounded himself with people who weremasters at distracting from what was actuallyhappening to create this magical, romantic ideal.It’s easy to see why people fell in love with him.He represented the new frontier, beautiful youngpeople coming to power in the new age.Which was bullshit.Well, it wasn’t all bullshit. But it certainly wasn’tthe entire truth.In some ways, don’t we all have a little JFK in us?On the Internet, everybody tries to create theseideal but fictional versions of themselves.That’s true. It’s very human to want to control
that presentation of self. With somebody likeKennedy, who was very much in the public eye,everything had to be in shiny capital letters. Weall do the same thing to a smaller extent.We can’t all be Kennedy.No. But for me, the big question of Kennedy,of how he relates to our lives right now, is howauthentic are these inauthentic lives? Is every-thing you give to the world a big fraud, or is theresome grain of truth in there?Did he ever find the right balance?I don’t know. I think Kennedy raises questionsfor men about how much image really matters.It seems like he had it all. He had wealth, he hadmovie star good looks, he had a beautiful wife,he had a wonderful family, he had millions ofpeople who adored him, and he was presidentof the greatest country in the world at a verycrucial time. Here’s a guy who had everythingyou could possibly imagine.Yet he still led a double life.Exactly! With all the philandering, you have towonder how happy he really was in his marriage.He constructed this perfect image of the happyfamily man. But maybe if he had spent less timeprotecting his image and more on figuring outhis marriage, well, I don’t know.You wrote in the book that he had a “guilt-freeconscience” about his infidelity.His father was an open philanderer, and that’swhat Kennedy knew from a young age aboutmale behavior. The combination of his wealth, hisunique position in American society, and the factthat he was so good looking and charming madecheating a little too easy for him.