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Negroes get as good a break in
employment as the white people do and
eliminate prejudice, especially in large
companies.” I said, “Lyndon, you know
that I don't know anything like that,
and I won't be of any help to you.” He
said, “Yes, you would.” I said, “How?”
and he said, “Well, the truth is I need
a good New York name.” I knew that Anna
Rosenberg turned it down. For what
reason I don't know. I thought, “Well, I
need Lyndon, so I'd better say yes,” and
I said yes.
I went to a number of meetings, one this summer
of '63, which was extremely well
conducted by Johnson and with Robert
Kennedy and Seaborg of Atomic Energy and
a number of other people in the cabinet
present, including Celebrezze. But I
really made absolutely no contribution
to this at all. However, I suppose I may
have learned a little something which I
could use, because I don't know anything
about the area.
And you also maintained good will.
Yes, or at least I didn't refuse to do something
that was at the moment considered to be
convenient by the Vice President.
Mrs. Lasker, would it be impertinent or would it
be something worth preserving as a bit
of knowledge to ask what you did
contribute to the Kennedy campaign?
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