- Tim Naftali: First ladies have access to classified material
- The catch is they're not subject to background checks, he says
Tim Naftali is a CNN presidential historian and clinical associate professor of history and public service at New York University and was the founding director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. A biographer of George H. W. Bush, he is currently working on a new history of the Kennedy presidency. Unless otherwise noted, facts here reflect research from that project. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)In the summer of 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy wrote to tell National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy that she didn't need to receive the intelligence community's highly classified "Weekly Intelligence Summary" any longer.