Why were the Kennedy years called "Camelot"?


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The wife of President JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy, inadvertently coined the phrase "Camelot" as a way to refer to her late husband's presidency. She revealed that he liked to listen to music from the Broadway show of the same name.

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During an interview, Jackie O. shared that JFK was a fan of the Broadway musical Camelot, which had music written by Alan Jay Lerner, one of Kennedy's schoolmates at Harvard University. "Camelot" refers to a kingdom ruled by the mythical King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. In an interview, she said that "There will be great presidents again, but there will never be another Camelot." This echoed a line from the musical when the King Arthur character says, "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief, shining moment, that was known as Camelot."

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