what does "patting a well-cherished head of blond hair"mean?
All this took twenty minutes. Jacqueline Kennedy had returned to her chair, looking, Henry Gonzalez thought, Hike a wounded rabbit." To Henry, and to the rest of the Presidential party, John Kennedy's slender young widow had become a mystic symbol; they had never felt so close to another human being. They Supposed that everyone felt the same, and those who learned that they were mistaken were deeply shocked. Henry was the first of them. He was looking down a narrow hallway, toward a room which physicians used to take emergency calls. A fragile nurse patting a well-cherished head of blond hair and a youth with a thin, conceited face were standing there together.