Margaret L. Coit was an accomplished, Pulitizer Prize winning historian whom Kennedy briefly dated but ultimately failed to bed.
JFK met her in April, 1953 when she came to his senate office to do an interview while researching a book. He was struck by the 34 year old’s brunette good looks and invited her to a cocktail party at the house he shared with sister Eunice.
Once there, in typical Kennedy fashion, he ignored his date and spent the three hours they were at the party speaking with the dashing Stuart Symington, a colleague from the Senate.
However, despite the fact that he virtually abandoned her at the cocktail party and hugely confident in his innate appeal to the opposite sex, he called Margaret a few days later for another date.
Jack told Margaret when she arrived at his office to start their evening out, that he is too tired to go out on the town but suggested a quiet evening back at her place.
Once back in Margaret’s rooms, he immediately began groping her, despite her protests. “Don’t be so grabby. This is only our first date.” As the pawing continued she interjected, “Listen to me. I have standards, just like your sisters.”
When Jack dismissed that tack by saying he didn’t care what his sisters did or didn’t do, Margaret retorted, “What about your priest? What will you tell him?”
Never one to hold a grudge when a woman rebuffed him, Jack smiled and said, “Oh, he’ll forgive me.” After one more pass, he gave up, flopped on the couch and began talking about international affairs and then segued to musing on his own internal emotional landscape, musing on his rapidly cycling up and down moods.