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Adultery: The Forgivable Sin

with actress Gloria Swanson, and tales of the amorous adventures of his sons John, Bobby, and Teddy abound.

After years of randy bachelorhood, John Kennedy finally married Jacqueline Bouvier, whose own dashing father, “Black Jack” Bouvier, was a notorious ladykiller. Neither marriage nor the presidency seemed to cramp John Kennedy’s lecherous style—he reportedly frolicked with Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Judith Exner, and other glamorous girlfriends, sometimes right in the White House.

Nowadays, there are ample indications that these disturbed patterns of intimacy have been passed down to Old Joe’s grandchildren. The young Kennedys have had more than their share of divorces, arrests, alcoholism, and drug abuse—although it must be noted that Jackie Kennedy Onassis seems to have raised her own two children, Caroline and John, Jr., in a way that minimized their sad legacy.

If rumors of Carolyn Bessette committing adultery are true this would show that John Kennedy Junior would have been affected by his father ’s escapades. (”The next generation suffers from the sins of the father.”) The New York Post states that she slept with and saw other men after moving in with John Jr. AndrewCuomo decided to end his 13-year marriage to Kerry Kennedy Cuomo after learning she was having an extramarital affair. According to the New York Post , Cuomo “was betrayed and saddened by his wife’s conduct during their marriage,” his lawyer said, suggesting the Kennedy gene for bad behavior tran-scends gender.

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