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Mrs. Kennedy Moves into Georgetown Home

Dec. 6, 1963 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy left the White House today after a quiet goodbye to the household staff and moved into a home in the Georgetown section of the capital. Mrs. Kennedy’s departure from the White House left the mansion at America’s most famous address — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — without tenants for several days. President and Mrs. Johnson are expected to move in early next week. Some of their belongings will be installed there over the weekend. Mrs. Kennedy left by way of the ground-floor oval reception room. Through its doors, numerous guests had entered for her brilliant social events during the past three years. With her today were her children, Caroline, 6 years old, and John Jr., 3; her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, and Attorney General and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy. Her children were wearing the same powder blue coats they had worn to their father’s funeral 11 days ago. Earlier in the day, Mrs. Kennedy met with members of the household staff in an upstairs sitting room. Each received a copy of a painting of the Green Room, the Christmas gift that President Kennedy had selected for them. The painting, Mrs. Kennedy told them, would be a “continual reminder of the President.” Later, Mrs. Kennedy paid a farewell visit to the White House telephone operators, then stationed herself behind a folding screen just outside the State Dining Room to listen as President Johnson presented the Medal of Freedom to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy on behalf of his brother.


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